Public Input on Maine Sea Grant Director Position Finalists

Submitted by Beth Bisson on Sun, 11/12/2017 - 13:56

We have recently completed the director interviews, and will be accepting public input on the candidates through Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 5:00 PM. Feedback forms are available below.

Each presentation was open to the public at the University of Maine in Orono, and via live video conference connections across the state.

Gayle B. Zydlewski


William G. Ambrose


Michael C. Rubino


Understanding that some of you were not available to attend the live presentation, we will provide recordings of each presentation on request. Please submit your name and email address to us at this link if you would like to receive the presentation recordings and our feedback form following the live interviews: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KDCV533

We value your input to this important process, and we are grateful for all the ways in which you support Maine Sea Grant's activities throughout the state.

Leading Groups Is Easier, If You Know How

Submitted by Kristen Grant on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 16:12

two women leading a meeting with flip charts
Maine Sea Grant & Cooperative Extension Associate Kristen Grant facilitates a meeting.
Have you ever gone into a meeting not knowing exactly why you’re there or what you’re supposed to accomplish? Then you left the meeting feeling the same way? If so, you may not have been terribly enthusiastic to go back again.

Most of us have had an experience like this because it’s fairly common that people running meetings don’t really have the skills they need to do it very effectively. These skills are known as facilitation, and although they don’t come naturally and are rarely taught, having them can be a game changer in your professional and community work.

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Whale Mortalities in the Northwest Atlantic

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:47

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Right whale. Photo: Allied Whale

2017 has been an alarming year for the Endangered Right Whale in both New England and the Canadian Maritimes, with up to 16 whales found dead in Northwest Atlantic waters. For a population that hovers around 450 individuals, losing 16 right whales in a few months is a big deal.

This is Natalie Springuel, from the University of Maine Sea Grant, host of Coastal Conversations. On our next program, we are going to ask why so many whales have died this year, and what these mortalities tell us about changing habitats throughout the Gulf of Maine and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

NOAA Sea Grant awards for aquaculture research

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Fri, 11/03/2017 - 11:02

Two awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will support research projects designed to overcome the challenges and increase aquaculture production.

A grant of $908,015 to the University of Maine will support research into sustainable post-harvest processing of aquacultured seaweed and development of value-added products.

A second award of $249,238 to the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education will support study of large-scale culture of blue mussel.

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Transportation and Congestion in Acadia National Park

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Tue, 10/24/2017 - 14:59

small photo of Acadia National ParkAs the fall colors begin to fade, so does the congestion in Acadia National Park. But in recent years, the high volumes of people accessing both the Park and the surrounding Mount Desert Island towns during the summer and shoulder seasons has caused increased traffic, overloaded parking lots and, many would say, decreased visitor experience.

Joy and Sadness at the Same Time

Submitted by Kristen Grant on Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:29
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A major fire destroys the back tower at Stenton Trust Mill in Sanford Maine on June 23, 2017.

When a massive fire broke out at the Stenton Trust Mill in Sanford on Friday night, June 23, the shocked community poured into the streets to support each other. Since the 1990’s there had been little to no activity at the mill, a scenario which is familiar to many Maine towns with a proud history of mill work. But even while it sat in disrepair, the mill had been a centerpiece of Sanford’s history.

NEWSLETTER, SUMMER & FALL 2017

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:31

OUTREACH & EXTENSION HIGHLIGHTS

Maine Sea Grant is one of many partners contributing to a restoration project on Pierce Pond in the Town of Penobscot. On August 17 construction crews broke ground on a new fishway that will allow alewives and other sea-run fish to pass into the lake, which connects into Northern Bay on the Bagaduce River.

Keri Kaczor, who coordinates the Maine Healthy Beaches Program, reports that the dry summer weather lended to a great season for beach water quality: 97.3% of water quality samples were in compliance with EPA water quality standards, the best performance in the program's history. Ongoing efforts to identify sources of pollution by program staff and local partners were successful at finding and fixing two wastewater malfunctions in 2017...