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Coastal communities differ in their resilience to environmental change

  Maine’s coastal communities face multiple environmental and socioeconomic changes, including declining fisheries, loss of working waterfronts, and warming oceans. With more than 3,500 miles of coast, Maine people have important questions about how their communities are preparing for and adapting to these changes.    Marina Cucuzza, a graduate student in the University of Maine […]

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UMaine shellfish study highlights changes in the Damariscotta River

UMaine shellfish study highlights changes in the Damariscotta River   WALPOLE, Maine — The rich ecosystem of the Damariscotta River estuary still holds many mysteries.  Some of its most visible residents — oysters, alewives, seals and birds — are counted regularly. But, until this year, the wild shellfish of the upper estuary, have gone uncensused.  […]

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Fishermen adapt to environmental change in varied ways, UMaine study finds

  A study published in Ecology and Society by University of Maine researchers Kara Pellowe and Heather Leslie found that regulations and financial resources that influence how people fish have as great an effect on how they deal with change as where and how they fish.    The ecologists, based at the Darling Marine Center […]

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Coupled Social-Ecological Systems, June 1-19, 2020

Ensuring the continued delivery of valuable benefits marine ecosystems provide, and contributing to sustainability more broadly, requires understanding the diverse interactions that shape social-ecological systems. Researchers interested in contributing to marine conservation and management need to be fluent in multiple disciplines to achieve and apply this understanding. In this Summer 2020 field course at the […]

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Steneck: Fishing puts coral reef ecosystem at risk in Dominican Republic 

Coral reefs are the world’s most diverse and endangered marine ecosystems, particularly in the Caribbean. For the past five years, ecologist Bob Steneck has studied and monitored coral reefs in the Dominican Republic. Steneck is a University of Maine faculty member in residence at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole. This year, trends revealed that the […]

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New project strengthens partnership between DMC, Bigelow Laboratory

Heather Leslie and Deborah Bronk lead scientific institutions that are advancing and collaborating on cutting-edge marine research from opposite sides of the Damariscotta River. Leslie, director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Center (DMC), and Bronk, president and CEO of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, regularly look for opportunities to strengthen the longstanding partnership […]

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Semester By the Sea students take touch tank to Pemaquid Oyster Festival 

University of Maine Semester by the Sea students from the Darling Marine Center ran the touch tank Sept. 29 at the Pemaquid Oyster Festival. The Pemaquid Oyster Company and Schooner Landing Restaurant host the annual festival in Damariscotta at the restaurant’s Main Street location. The free festival includes educational exhibits, vendors, music and plenty of […]

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Pellowe to present shellfish study findings Sept. 18 in Damariscotta 

Kara Pellowe, who recently earned her doctorate at the University of Maine and now is a postdoctoral researcher, will present results of a summer shellfish project at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Damariscotta Town Office. In July, Pellowe and others gathered data at low tide to assess the abundance, composition and size of soft-shell […]

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