DV-14-06 Whole-animal and molecular responses of blue mussels exposed to municipal effluent: application of a bioenergetics framework

Markus Frederich
Marine Science Center
University of New England

As filter feeders, blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) are at particular risk of accumulating aquatic pollutants. Municipal wastewater effluent, commonly discharged into marine environments, can contain pollutants, including heavy metals, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and endocrine-disruptors, as well as pharmaceuticals and personal care products. Examining this waste in isolation does not reflect the compounding (or negating) effects of the pollutant mixture.

Harvester perspectives on alewives, blueback herring, and American eels in Downeast Maine

Fishermen and women, by virtue of spending much of their time on the water with hooks, lines, traps, and nets, have intimate knowledge of coastal, marine, and freshwater ecosystems. They know, in detail, the local distribution, abundance, and behavior of the species they harvest, knowledge gained from years of first-hand observations and experimentation with different fishing techniques.

Scallop Summit

To support further biological and economic recovery of the coastal sea scallop fisheries in Maine and the Maritimes, and to enhance communication and collaboration between researchers and scallop industry professionals, Maine Sea Grant is collaborating with the Maine Department of Marine Resources, Canadian government agencies, and industry and academic research partners to sponsor and host the first international sea scallop-focused workshop i

Maine Seafood Guide - About

About: Definitions & Sources

Maine Sea Grant developed this guide as a source of science-based information on marine species harvested from the Gulf of Maine and sold, marketed, or traditionally consumed as “seafood” in Maine. The guide is intended to collate information on species regulated at federal, state, and local levels as a service to the consumer of Maine seafood.