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Maine Sea Grant achieved college status in 2004 and is based at the University of Maine. They aim to provide marine science research, education, and outreach to address issues of concern to Maine's coastal communities, and help expand a growing marine workforce through formal and informal education programs, fellowships and scholarships.

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Maine Sea Grant by the Numbers

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2016 (pdf)

 

SEA GRANT WORK IN MAINE RESULTED IN*

$21.9M

ECONOMIC IMPACT

35

COMMUNITIES IMPLEMENTING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES

124

STUDENTS SUPPORTED

31788

ATTENDEES AT PUBLIC OR PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

 
 
 

*Metrics reported in Summer 2021 for work conducted February 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021. Economic impact = market and non-market value of Sea Grant's work; value of jobs and businesses. "Students supported" includes new and continuing students receiving financial support to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Maine Sea Grant Featured Impacts

Meet Maine Sea Grant Experts


 

 

Dana Morse

Marine Extension Associate - Dana Morse provides training and technical assistance to shellfish farmers to help advance an emerging aquaculture industry and satisfy the demand for sustainable seafood in the region.


 

"I have seen a sector get its feet under it and solidify to become a solid thing."

 

 

Natalie Springuel

Coastal Community Development Extension Associate - Natalie has led workshops instructing farmers how they could boost their profits through tourism by conducting tours of aquaculture farm sites.


 

"I used to work in the tourism industry for 15 years before I came to Sea Grant, so I am the person that tends to immediately respond to tourism things."

 

 

Charlotte Quigley

Ph.D. candidate, University of Maine School of Marine Sciences - Charlotte's research examines temperature tolerance of the brown seaweed, Alaria esculenta, to inform the viability of this seaweed as a sustainable option for aquaculture now and into the future.


 

"Sea Grant was the foundation funder of all of the work that we do in our lab...a lot of the basic equipment, structure and the ability to use nurseries has all been because of Sea Grant."

Maine Stories and News

Downriver and Out to Sea

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Downriver and Out to Sea

Stories of sea run fish, the people who care about them, and the Sea Grant researchers working to understand and restore these ecologically vital fish

Sea run fish – fish that migrate between fresh and saltwater – hold meaning to many New England communities as food, as income, as history and as a key part of a functioning ecosystem. But many unknowns about these fish remain. Across New England, Sea Grant researchers are working to understand how these populations are changing, what habitats are most important to them and how to restore once vibrant runs of sea run fish. 

 

Collaborative network for recirculating aquaculture moves into next phase

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Collaborative network for recirculating aquaculture moves into next phase

The National Sea Grant Office announced funding for the Recirculating Aquaculture Salmon Network (RAS-N) in 2019. While that three-year grant is now winding down, the collaborative network it helped build is not going away. Rather, it is entering an exciting new phase with $10 million in funding from a U.S. Department Agriculture program designed to enhance sustainability in agriculture.

Sea Grant announces $2 million in support of 2021 American Lobster Initiative efforts

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Sea Grant announces $2 million in support of 2021 American Lobster Initiative efforts

Sea Grant announces $2 million in support of the Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative to address scientific and stakeholder needs associated with this important fishery. This is Sea Grant’s third year of research and extension funding to address critical gaps in knowledge about how American lobster is being impacted by environmental change in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank and southern New England.
 

Sea Grant Selects “Food from the Sea” Career Program Development Projects

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Sea Grant Selects “Food from the Sea” Career Program Development Projects

NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program and Office of Sustainable Fisheries awarded approximately $900,000 of FY21 federal funds to support projects that will initiate “Food from the Sea'' career development programs. With these funds, Sea Grant programs and partners will work collaboratively with members of the fishing industry to identify training needs and develop updated and/or new resources and programming to address those needs.  

Sea Grant partnership seeks research proposals focused on the co-existence of ocean energy with Northeast fishing and coastal communities

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Sea Grant partnership seeks research proposals focused on the co-existence of ocean energy with Northeast fishing and coastal communities

The Northeast Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office and Water Power Technologies Office, and NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center, announces a research funding opportunity to improve understanding of offshore renewable energy interactions with fishing and coastal communities to optimize ocean co-use. Pre-proposals are due May 14, 2021.

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