Document Type

Report

Authors

Maine Sea Grant

Publisher

Maine Sea Grant College Program

Publication Date

2012

Publisher location

Orono, ME

Abstract/ Summary

This report summarizes the major accomplishments of the Maine Sea Grant College Program between February 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013, a period in which we saw impacts, accomplishments, and growth despite budget uncertainties.

Members of the Marine Extension Team, who continue to serve Maine coastal communities, are highly sought after by our many new and longtime partners. Highlights from extension programs, as well as the investments in research and program development, are provided in this report.

Initiatives in climate change adaptation and sustainable aquaculture are just a few of the new programs developed in this reporting cycle. Staff are involved in various aspects of climate change as it relates to coastal issues, including ocean acidification, sea level change, and coastal community resilience. Our sustainable aquaculture efforts have grown significantly with the award of three competitive research grants, including the “Aquaculture in Shared Waters” initiative, in which extension staff are helping to link traditional commercial fishermen from two fishing communities with University of Maine researchers to evaluate social acceptance of aquaculture.

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