Darling Marine Center
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573

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The Darling Marine Center is proud to be part of the new Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) program.

On August 5th the University of Maine announced the launch of the SEANET program thanks to a $20 million National Science Foundation EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) grant.

“This project is inherently about how to make aquaculture sustainable in Maine, both socially and environmentally,” says Dr. Damian Brady, Assistant Research Professor and Acting Interim Director of DMC, “and the Damariscotta will be a region of focus for the project.”

The Damariscotta River is the home of shellfish aquaculture in Maine and “has long been a model for the rest of the state about how to integrate education, research and industry,” notes Dana Morse, Extension Associate for the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the DMC. “The application of science to an industry, the integration of that industry with the community, and both the educational and workforce training that comes along with it - the DMC got this started in Maine.”

Read the entire SEANET announcement.


The State of Maine's Ocean Acidification Commission held their first meeting at the DMC on August 1. Sixty people were in attendance including scientists, legislators, commission members and others concerned with coastal ecosystems and the impact changing ocean chemistry.

The commission was established in January with a legislative vote on a bill presented by Rep. Mick Devin who works at the DMC. Ocean acidification bill wins broad public support, Booth bay Register. The Commission is tasked with understanding the science behind ocean acidification, determining what we still need to learn to fully understand the problem, and recommending potential solutions. Their report is due to the State in December.

The Commission's website includes members, meeting dates and lots of OA references.


UMaine scientists in the School of Marine Sciences, including Dr. Mary Jane Perry and Ivona Cetinic who are based at the Darling Marine Center, are partnering with multiple agencies to improve the accuracy of forecasts of hurricanes, superstorms, blizzards and floods. UMaine received $1.5 million of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s $5.5 million award to increase the precision of predictions of extreme weather events and coastal flooding in the northeastern United States.

Read the media release at UMaine News.


UMaine Endeavor to Better Understand Phytoplankton, Ocean Carbon

Dr. Ivona Cetinic is at sea participating in NASA’s Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research (SABOR) mission. SABOR brings together marine and atmospheric scientists to tackle optical issues associated with satellite observations of phytoplankton. The goal is to better understand marine ecology and phytoplankton’s major role in the global cycling of atmospheric carbon between the ocean and the atmosphere.

Read the media release at UMaine News.
Read about the science, follow the cruise track and view images of the research at the SABOR website.


UMaine oceanographer Mary Jane Perry, interim director of the Darling Marine Center, was awarded $196,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Naval Research to sample the biogeochemistry of the Marginal Ice Zone from a Korean icebreaker, the R/V Araon, and with underwater gliders.

Read more about the cruise and the science at UMaine News.


The Story Collider comes to Maine for a one night event at the Frontier Cafe in Brunswick, Maine, Thursday, July 17at 7:30pm. UMaine marine biology graduate student Skylar Bayer is co-producing the live science storytelling event with Ari Daniel, who has reported for NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Join Skylar and five other scientists, including Ryan Cope, also a UMaine alum working at the DMC as they tell their storeis of being caught "On the Hook."

Full news story at UMaine News.
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There are still a few spaces left for Dive In 2014. If you are a high school school senior interested in studying marine sciences at the university of Maine, this program is for you!

The 2-day event is scheduled for August 4-5, 2014. The first day is at the DMC in Walpole. The second day takes place in Orono. The science sessions and field trips will be for students only, but there will also be seminars on career options and the academic offerings at SMS to which parents are invited and encouraged to attend. Download a registration form today. Return it to the DMC fast!


A group of Maine legislators toured the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole June 5 to learn more about the role of UMaine research, partnerships and education in the overall marine economy. Among the legislators in attendance were Sen. Chris Johnson, and Rep. Ellen Winchenbach and Rep. Mick Devin from Lincoln County.

Marine economy-related research topics included UMaine commercial fisheries, Gulf of Maine buoys monitoring and aquaculture. The legislators and UMaine marine researchers and students were joined by local business owners. Despite the poor weather a hardy group prepared to board the R/V Ira C. for a tour of an aquaculture site that hosts both kelp production and shellfish.


Students in the Introduction to Research Diving class took their "final exam" at the UMaine campus pool in Orono last week. Reporters from two local news agencies stopped by to interview students. Posted 12/9/13.
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Dr. Ivona Cetinić joined Tara Expeditions on it’s Polar Circle 2013 cruise this autumn. The expedition is an international effort to study the Arctic ecosystem. On board, Ivona will collect particulate organic carbon data for her global carbon cycle research. Other UMaine faculty from the School of Marine Sciences participating on Tara expeditions include Dr. Emmanuel Boss and Dr. Lee Karp-Boss. Posted 12/9/13
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The Working Waterfront reported on the publication of a journal article written by University of Maine marine scientists Robert Steneck and Richard Wahle. “American lobster dynamics in a brave new ocean,” was published in a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science titled “American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem: U.S.-Canada Science Symposium.” The journal includes scientific presentations made at the symposium in November 2012. Steneck and Wahle’s research states that due to fewer predators, warming water, an influx of warm-water species and risks of disease, traditional conditions of the American lobster in the North Atlantic no longer exist. Posted 12/9/13.

The full article can be read here.


The Maine Edge reported on University of Maine marine scientist Rhian Waller being named a Fellow in the Explorers Club, an elite international group of adventurers who encourage scientific discovery while exploring land, sea and space. Waller has completed more than 40 diving expeditions around the planet and was named a 21st-century risk taker who presses the limits by National Geographic magazine. Posted 12/9/13


School of Marine Science faculty received funding from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative study of the economic consequences of a changing Gulf of Maine ecosystem as a result of warming ocean waters. Dr. Andrew Pershing heads the project. Dr. Rick Wahle, here at the DMC is part of the project. Read more here. Posted 12/9/13.


Lobster Symposium Proceedings Now Available

A special issue of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences featuring the proceedings of the US-Canada Science Symposium: The American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem is available at http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/toc/cjfas/current.

The symposium was held November 27-30, 2012 in Portland, Maine, and was co-chaired by Dr. Rick Wahle of UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences/Darling Marine Center, Dr. Andrea Battison of the University of Prince Edward Island, and Paul Anderson of Maine Sea Grant.


Dr. Bob Steneck set sail in early October, bound for the Caribbean Sea where he will study the the resilience of coral reefs along the Antillean archipelago. With funding from the National Geographic Society, Bob and his colleagues want to determine if effective fisheries management can substantially improve conditions of coral reefs despite on going climate and atmospheric stresses. Follow his travels and his research at http://bobsteneck.blogspot.com


Dr. Rachel Lasley-Rasher can be heard on "Living on Earth" discussing the challenges of finding a date when your a tiny copepod in a big ocean. Listen now: http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=13-P13-00042&segmentID=4