Maine Sea Grant has been providing marine science research, education, and outreach for 35 years. Sometimes our work yields positive economic benefits. In just the last four years, Maine Sea Grant activities generated an estimated $22 million in economic impacts, created or sustained 300+ businesses and 130 jobs, and provided 200 communities with technical assistance on challenging issues including working waterfront preservation, coastal infrastructure, and fishing industry diversification.
Read more about our impacts in this one-page fact sheet.
Here in early March in Maine, we are starting to get a bit of respite from the long nights, short days and bitter winds of winter. The sun shines more directly, puddles form in driveways and along the roadsides, and the voices of streams can be heard as the snowmelt begins. You may even have some greenery sprouting up on the windowsill, in a peat pot or paper cup. Things are happening.
Have you ever visited a salt marsh? These wetlands provide valuable habitat for birds and fish, and help protect coastal property from flooding and storm damage. But they are vulnerable to rising sea levels and other climate-related changes, prompting action by local conservation organizations and scientists.
On our next program, host Catherine Schmitt will visit a salt marsh with Maine Coast Heritage Trust, explore the perceptions of salt marshes through history, and talk with University of Maine researchers to discuss the status and importance of marshes, and the birds that call them home.
Today, Maine’s aquaculture industry includes many fishermen who are using aquaculture to diversify their incomes. There’s a lot to know however, when entering the aquaculture industry, and since 2013, the Aquaculture in Shared Waters program has provided training, technical support and networking for commercial fishermen and members of fishing families who are interested in diversifying their incomes. The course is offered by University of Maine Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension, Maine Aquaculture Association, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., and Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, and the 2017 class is forming now, to be held in Ellsworth.