The Maine Sea Grant Scholar Program supports graduate students in the Marine Science/Marine Policy dual-degree program at the University of Maine. We've asked scholars to provide periodic updates on their work. Here's a report from one of our new students, Mackenzie Mazur, who is working with Teresa Johnson and Yong Chen.
I started graduate work at the University of Maine in September, and I have already learned so much and have started to plan my research with my advisors. For my biology project, I plan to model fishery efficiency of the Maine lobster fishery with different levels of fishing effort, and for my policy project, I plan to research economic and social resilience of the Maine lobster fishery.
So far, I have done a lot of reading on the subjects, and I attended a lobster fishery community meeting in Ellsworth. At the meeting, I learned more about the current issues in the lobster fishery and enjoyed the conversation among those in the lobster fishing community.
In the near future, I will start to model fishery efficiency, and I also plan to attend more lobster meetings, such as the zone council meetings. Once I learn more about the lobster fishery, I will eventually interview lobstermen and others involved in the lobster fishery.
I am excited to learn more about the lobster fishery and dive more into my research!