Nothing beats a feast of Maine mussels, clams, scallops, or oysters. These shellfish are an important part of our coastal economy and Maine has some of the cleanest waters in North America for growing and harvesting seafood. So what is the deal with red tide and other biotoxins that have recently caused the state to temporarily close the harvesting and selling of some of our state’s most prized marine resources?
Guest blog by Catherine Frederick, a Ph.D. candidate in marine biological resources at the University of Maine.
Sea lice are a group of marine parasitic copepods with “direct” life cycles, meaning the parasite requires only one host for successful reproduction. The specific host varies by species, but none infect or are harmful to humans. So, what is their relevance and why do we care about their ecology?
First person stories about Winter Harbor’s fisheries heritage are now part of the Winter Harbor Historical Society’s audio collection! A multimedia story map about these interviews can be viewed at the Winter Harbor Fisheries Oral History Project.
It’s cold outside and daylight continues to dwindle, but December is also a time of heightened activity with pre-holiday preparations and travel. There are plenty of opportunities to affordably indulge in oysters all along the Oyster Trail, as well as some deals for purchasing oysters for serving at home. Remember, oysters are a good source of protein and immune-supporting zinc—in case you needed another excuse.
From stew and stuffing to raw on the half shell, oysters are a popular seafood around the holidays. Maine-grown oysters have increased in availability and popularity in recent years, and are renowned around the world for their high quality. Still, many may wonder, what makes the Maine oyster so special? What does it mean to have the world be your oyster?
Sea Grant Aquaculture FFO: The FY 2018 aquaculture federal funding opportunity (FFO) opened today and is available via grants.gov, opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005489. I am very appreciative of the time and effort the Sea Grant network gave to identifying needs of your stakeholders as well as potential improvements to our FFO process. The NSGO aquaculture team worked hard to incorporate the input we received and navigate the internal NOAA review process.
Maura Niemisto is a master’s student in marine biology at the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences, studying the effects of temperature and ocean acidification on larval lobsters in the laboratory of Richard Wahle at the Darling Marine Center.
With her interest in conservation and previous work with crayfish, Niemisto was a good candidate to work on the project, funded by the Northeast Sea Grant Consortium and NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program.
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.
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.