Aquaculture Opportunities from the National Sea Grant Program

Submitted by Webmaster on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 12:07

Please check back for updated information on these opportunities

UPDATE - 12 March 2019

We are excited to take this opportunity with you to work on proposals to Explore New Aquaculture Opportunities and develop Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative Programs.

Submissions for both calls must be submitted by Maine Sea Grant, therefore proposals to both FFOs are subject to UMaine Office of Research Administration's timelines - please see the opportunity page for timeline specifics.

National Sea Grant American Lobster Research Program – Federal Funding Opportunity

Submitted by Webmaster on Thu, 01/31/2019 - 12:43

The National Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative will fund a national competition focused on research priorities for American Lobster, with a focus on the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank, to enhance practical use and conservation of marine resources to create a sustainable economy and environment.

Research topics suitable for study on American lobster under this FFO should have a geographic focus of the Gulf of Maine and/or Georges Bank and address one or more of the following:

Federal Funding Opportunity - Highly Migratory Species Research Initiative 2019

Submitted by Webmaster on Fri, 05/03/2019 - 12:30

Highly Migratory Species Research Initiative - 2019, NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2006046 (full announcement on

Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS), which include tunas, billfish, and sharks, are important to both the ecological health of ocean ecosystems and to commercial and recreational fisheries.

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Marine Worms

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:44

Bloodworms. Photo: Kaitlyn Clark.
Along Maine’s coastal mudflats, you might have noticed commercial worm harvesters digging for bloodworms and sandworms. The segmented and wriggly critters are destined to be used as fishing bait by recreational anglers near and far. You may have never seen either of these worm species -- they are elusive -- but together they make up the 5th most valuable fishery in the state.

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Voices of the Maine Fishermen's Forum 2019: Women in Fisheries

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Fri, 03/15/2019 - 15:43

five black and white portrait headshots of women in fisheriesWhen you picture someone hauling up lobster traps on the wind swept Atlantic Ocean, chances are good that you are picturing a man. Fishing is one of those industries that is still mostly dominated by men. But that’s changing. The number of women involved in fishing is on the rise, and there are more and more women involved in many related occupations too, occupations that support coastal communities and a thriving fishing industry.

Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Portland's Working Waterfronts at a Crossroads

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 16:22

seven men sitting at a table in front of audio recording device
Portland fishermen & wharf owner. Photo: G. Cardosa.
Portland’s working waterfront is at a crossroads, with increasing pressure from development that squeezes fishermen into less and less space from which to work. Portland is in the limelight right now but the working waterfront issues it faces are playing out in multiple communities throughout the Maine coast.

Mud Blister Worms and Oyster Aquaculture

Submitted by Dana Morse on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 15:04

Mud Blister Worms and Oyster Aquaculture

This report is for oyster producers interested in controlling mud blister worms, which when present in large numbers can reduce the value of oysters sold to the half-shell market. Although other species of blister-causing worms occur in several genera including Polydora, Pseudopolydora, and Boccardia, this report focuses specifically on Polydora websteri.

The Maine Ocean School

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Mon, 12/17/2018 - 16:08

a teenager at the helm of a boat wearing a Maine Ocean School t-shirtHave you heard about the Maine Ocean School yet? The Maine Ocean School is a new public magnet school based in Searsport with a mission to provide a theme-based high school education focused on, you guessed it, the Ocean!

Using Maine’s deep maritime connections, the Maine Ocean School emphasizes leadership, work ethic, and transferable skills associated with careers involving the sea.