Sea-Run Fishes of Maine Poster

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:49


After the success of our 2017 calendar featuring Karen Talbot's illustrations of all 12 diadromous fish species native to Maine, we decided to produce a poster featuring the same paintings with updated text. The 24 inch x 30 inch posters are available at no cost. Call our office or stop by an upcoming event to request a copy.

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Voices of the Maine Fishermen's Forum, Part 1

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:44

A handwritten sign on the window of an Airstream trailer reading 'Voices of the Maine Fishermen's Forum - Come share your story'Telling stories about fishing is a tradition that's been passed down through generations of Maine fishing families. Stories about close calls, huge catches, surprising fish, controversial management, family moments at sea… These stories are the heart of Maine's coastal communities.

Sylvia Earle Lecture April 30

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:18

Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia A. Earle will present "Exploring the Ocean in the 21st Century" at the Collins Center for the Arts, April 30th, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tickets are free but must be reserved by visiting the box office in the lobby of the Collins Center for the Arts or by calling (207) 581-1755. Her lecture will include underwater film of her research and conservation efforts in many coastal and deep areas of the global ocean.

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Seaweed ecology: what makes a healthy intertidal zone?

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:12

a rocky beach covered in rockweed
Rockweed covers the mid-tide zone on a boulder beach at Schoodic Peninsula.

More and more people on the coast of Maine are focusing their attention on seaweed. People are harvesting it, eating it, selling it, growing it, even going to court over who owns it. But what exactly is seaweed and what is its role in a healthy coastal marine environment?

UMaine graduates explore marine policy in Washington, D.C.

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Fri, 02/09/2018 - 14:17

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Knauss Fellows (clockwise: Bayer, Staples, and Rodrigue.)
The National Sea Grant College Program has awarded prestigious Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships to three University of Maine graduates.

Skylar Bayer, Kevin Staples and Mattie Rodrigue join 54 fellow graduates nationwide who will spend a year working on marine policy in Washington, D.C. The fellowships provide the opportunity for recent graduates to apply their scientific background to marine and coastal policymaking at the national level.


Voices of the Maine Fishermen's Forum

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Thu, 02/08/2018 - 14:34

a group of people in a casual setting looking over a map
Photo: Nick Battista

Are you going to this year's Maine Fishermen's Forum, March 1-3, at the Samoset in Rockland, Maine? Then look for the Airstream parked out front and plan to step aboard and be interviewed! Every Forum attendee is welcome to hop on The First Coast's Airstream mobile recording studio to participate in oral history interviews conducted by students and professionals, all three days of the Forum (10 AM to 10 PM).

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Biotoxins and Red Tide, From Marine Ecology to Public Health

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:34

on the water view of a mussel raft in a bay with land in the background
Mussel raft in Frenchmen Bay.
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?

Understanding the biology and ecology of sea lice

Submitted by Webmaster on Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:55
gloved hands performing a fish dissection under a light
Examining Atlantic Salmon for sea lice using dissecting scopes.

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?