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Six Women Changing Seafood

Throughout the series, we'll introduce six innovative women, representing different parts of the seafood supply chain. Every month, you'll hear how each speaker is breaking new ground in the industry. 
January 11, 2018
Mika Higurashi, American Sashimi Project Coordinator, Uoriki Fresh Inc.
February 8, 2018
Sara Rademaker, Founder, American Unagi
March 29, 2018
Togue Brawn, Owner, Downeast Dayboat
April 12, 2018
Kyle Foley, Sustainable Seafood Program Manager, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
May 10, 2018
Leigh Chase, Seafood Category Manager, Hannaford Supermarkets
Kim Gray, Director Center Store Merchandising, Hannaford Supermarkets

Debunking Ocean Myths

Throughout this series, our speakers will challenge some of the commonly held beliefs associated with their areas of expertise. 
August 10, 2017
Steve Eayrs, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
September 14, 2017
Jen Levin, Sustainable Program Manager, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
October 12, 2017
Andy Pershing, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
November 9, 2017
Lisa Kerr, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Walt Golet, Ph.D., Research Scientist, GMRI, Assistant Professor, University of Maine

Motion of the Ocean

Throughout the spring, our speakers will reflect on the many ways water moves — predictably and unpredictably — and how communities respond.
March 2, 2017
Jonathan White, Author & Conservationist
March 9, 2017
Chris Sauer, President & CEO, Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC)
April 13, 2017
David Turin, Chef/Proprietor, David's Restaurants
June 1, 2017
John Cannon, Senior Meteorologist/Marine Program Manager, National Weather Service
June 8, 2017
Gayle Bowness, Education Program Manager, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Ocean Explorers

Throughout this series, our speakers will share their adventures across the world's oceans. 
August 11, 2016
Larry Mayer, Director, UNH Center for Ocean and Coastal Mapping
September 8, 2016
Paul Andrew Mayewski, Director, University of Maine Climate Change Institute
October 13, 2016
Andrew Allyn, Ecosystems Analysis Technician, GMRI
November 10, 2016
Jon Turk, Author and Lecturer
December 8, 2016
Bob Steneck, Professor, University of Maine

Ocean Authors

Throughout this series, we'll highlight five authors who write about the ocean. Join us for a genre-hopping exploration of what makes our oceans so special to each author. 
May 12, 2016
Colin Woodard, Portland Press Herald Journalist and Author
April 14, 2016
Richard J. King, Author, Illustrator, and Lecturer
March 10, 2016
Rick Moonen, Chef, Author, and Sustainability Advocate
February 11, 2016
Scott Nash, Children's Author and Peaks Island Resident
January 21, 2016
Jeff Bolster, Author and Professor at the University of New Hampshire 

Good News From the Gulf of Maine

While media coverage of fisheries often reflects crisis, we still have plenty of good news to share. A science-based approach to managing Gulf of Maine fisheries has produces encouraging results. Join us this fall to hear these success stories straight from the scientists themselves.
September 10, 2015
Dr. Richard Merrick, Chief Scientist for NOAA Fisheries 
October 8, 2015
Dr. Graham Sherwood, Sr. Scientist, GMRI
November 12, 2015
Dr. Paul Rago, Chief of the Population Dynamics Branch at Northeast Fisheries Science Center
December 10, 2015
Dr. Steve Cadrin, Associate Professor, School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Amazing Algae

Scientists and entrepreneurs are steadily discovering new uses for algae — including food, pharmaceuticals, energy, and environmental remediation. Join us to learn more about cutting edge discoveries and innovative applications of these versatile and intriguing plants.
January 8, 2015
Erick Ask, Manager of Seaweed Development, FMC Corporation
February 12, 2015
Paul Dobbins, President, Ocean Approved
Seraphina Erhart, General Manager, Maine Coast Sea Vegetables
Michael Taylor, Co-Founder, Brightwater Bay Science
March 12, 2015
Graham Shimmield, Executive Director, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
April 23, 2015
Thierry Chopin, Scientific Director, Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network
May 14, 2015
Lee Karp-Boss, Associate Professor, University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences

Animals "From Away"

The Gulf of Maine is visited by a variety of unusual species throughout the year. Every year an assortment of animals migrate through, and warming waters are bringing new and unexpected species. Join us to learn more about these interesting animals “from away” and the impacts they are having on our ecosystem.
July 10, 2014
Pat Keliher, Commissioner, Maine Department of Marine Resources
August 14, 2014
Brian Beal, Professor, University of Maine at Machias
September 11, 2014
Jim Carlton, Professor, Williams College, Director of the Williams-Mystic Program
October 9, 2014
Andy Pershing, Chief Scientific Officer, GMRI
November 13, 2014
Janet Nye, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University

Portland’s Evolving Waterfront

Portland's waterfront is hard at work! Since the contentious working waterfront referendum in 1987, Portland has evolved to have a unique diversity of commercial interests. More change is coming with investments in transportation infrastructure, business innovation, and a changing climate creating new challenges and opportunities. Join us to learn about the exciting evolution of the Portland waterfront.

February 18, 2014
Our Waterfront: How the Past Informs the Future
Phineas Sprague, Owner, Portland Yacht Services
Many historical images used in this presentation are from the collections of Maine Historical Society, courtesy of

March 15, 2014
Portland: New Entry Point to the North Atlantic
Bragi Thor Marinosson, Executive Vice President, Eimskip

April 10, 2014
A History of Trade in an Ever-Changing Port
Jim Millinger, Local Maritime Historian

May 8, 2014
Trucks, Trains, and Ships: The Port's Growing Infrastructure
Bill Needelman, City of Portland Waterfront Director

June 12, 2014
Portland's Evolving Seafood Industry
Darrell Pardy, President, Bristol Seafood

(Due to technical difficulty, we were unable to record this presentation)

Reimagining Education for the 21st Century

August 8, 2013

What Does it Mean to Learn Science in the 21st Century?

Tom Keller, Co-Director, Reach Center, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance - Sue Allen, Director, Allen & Associates: STEM Education Research & Evaluation


September 12, 2013

Neurological Implications for How Kids Learn

Christopher Kaufman, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Kaufman, Psychological Services, P.C.

October 10, 2013

How Charter Schools Work (and Sometimes Don't)
Glenn Cummings, President & Executive Director, Maine Academy of Natural Sciences

November 14, 2013

Proficiency-based Learning Simplified: What Maine's Educators and Public Should Know, Craig Kesselheim, Great Schools Partnership
Video:  Josh Tripp's Classroom

Additional Reading: Making Mastery Work Leadership in Action A Briefing Series for New Englands Educational Leaders (recommended articles - Brief 5, 10, and 11)

December 5, 2013
Building Interest, Understanding, and Connections

GMRI Chief Innovation Officer Alan Lishness and GMRI Education Staff

A Day in the Life of a Fisherman

The Gulf of Maine is known for its deep fishing heritage, from lobsters and cod to oysters and swordfish. But how much do we really know about the work of fishermen, and how their daily jobs have changed beyond the traditional images we hold of them? Join us for an interesting survey of a day in the life of a variety of fishermen.

February 21, 2013
Tools of the Trade: Nets and Computers
Steve Eayrs, Research Scientist, Fish Behavior & Gear Technology, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

March 14, 2013
Nonesuch Oysters: Tales from an Accidental Oyster Farmer
Abigail Carroll, Nonesuch Oysters

April 11, 2013
On the Rocks: A Lobstering Life
Curt Brown, Lobsterman and Research Technician, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

May 9, 2013
Very Far Out.....Offshore Fishing & Fishspotting
Wayne Davis, Ocean Aerials

June 13, 2013
Science and Science and Scallops: HowCollaborative Research Rebuilt the Georges Bank Scallop Fishery
Kevin Stokesbury, Ph.D., Research Scientist and Danny Eilersten, Fisherman

Seascapes of the Gulf of Maine

The Gulf of Maine is a complex ecosystem, and scientific research allows us a variety of deeper viewpoints. Join us as we explore diverse seascapes, from the ocean's bottom to a bird's eye view; from phytoplankton blooms and whale migrations to Maine islands in the Gulf of Maine.

July 12, 2012 
Restoring Endangered Seabirds: Lessons from Puffins and Terns,
PowerPoint PDF
Stephen W. Kress, Director of National Audubon Society's Seabird Restoration Program

August 9, 2012
What Do Whales See?
Scott Kraus, Ph.D., V.P. Research, New England Aquarium

September 13, 2012 
Islands in Time:The Role of Maine's Islands in the Gulf of Maine
Philip Conkling, President, Island Institute

October 11, 2012
Power of Plankton:The Microbial Community Structure of the Gulf of Maine
Nicole Poulton, Ph.D, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

November 8, 2012
Habitat Mapping: Views of the Maine Seafloor
Karen L. Bolles, Independent Fisheries Biologist

The Future of Aquaculture

With an ever growing global population, what role can aquaculture play in ensuring a sustainable food source? This series explored the critical challenges as well as global and local aquaculture innovations.

February 9, 2012
Aquaculture: Myths, Mystery, Africa
Wally Stevens, Global Aquaculture Alliance 

March 8, 2012
Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture. How to Manage Diseases in an Artificial Ecosystem/Sea Lice Video
Ian Bricknell, University of Maine

March 22, 2012
Bonus Lecture: Ecosystem Carrying Capacity forCoastal Aquaculture
Carrie Byron, Postdoctoral Research Associate, GMRI

May 10, 2012
Growing a Future for Kelp
Paul Dobbins, Ocean Approved

June 14, 2012
Paths to Sustainable Aquaculture
Josh Goldman, Australis

June 27, 2012
Welfare Challenges in Aquaculture
Pete Southgate, FishVet Group

Four Fish and a Movie

Sea State 6.1 Scientists offered important insights on species of both local and global significance, including the humble river herring, lobster, salmon, and the magnificent tuna. Port Clyde fishermen shared perspectives on our fishing heritage and how local fishermen care for cod and other species which are important to their community.

July 14, 2011
Bonus Lecture: The Sea Connects All Things

Peter Neill, World Ocean Observatory

August 11, 2011
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna: A Fish Way Too Cool for its Own Good
Walt Golet, GMRI/University of Maine

September 15, 2011
Where Do They Go and How Do They Get There? Spying on Atlantic Salmon with New Tracking Technologies

Fred Whoriskey, Dalhousie University, New Brunswick, Canada

September 29, 2011
The Decline of River Herring: Fact vs. Fiction and Is There A Smoking Gun?
Michael Armstrong, MA Division of Marine Fisheries

October 13, 2011
The Secret Life of Lobster
Win Watson, University of New Hampshire

November 10, 2011
Movie: The Fish Belong to the People
Port Clyde Representative

Changing Climate, Changing Oceans

We explore the dynamics and potential impacts of a changing climate and changing oceans in the Gulf of Maine.

February 10, 2011
Understanding Climate Change and the Climate Change Debate
Andrew Pershing, GMRI/University of Maine 

March 10, 2011
Our Changing Oceans: Local Effects in the Gulf ofMaine
Dave Townsend, University of Maine

April 7, 2011
Ocean Acidification: The Risks and Challenges forMaine
Bob Steneck, University of Maine

May 12, 2011
A Coastal Flood Climatology for Maine and NewHampshire
John Cannon, National Weather Service

June 9, 2011
Climate Change: Perspectives from the Past

Ken Weber, University of New Hampshire

June 23, 2011
Science in a Cold (Political) Climate
David Goldston, Naural Resources Defense Council

Marine Matters

Our aim was to provide an opportunity for the audience to hear in-depth perspectives from current gubernatorial and congressional candidates on their vision and plans for the Gulf of Maine.

September 7, 2010
Eliot Cutler

Independent Gubernatorial Candidate

September 14, 2010
Kevin Scott

Independent Gubernatorial Candidate

September 28, 2010
Dean Scontras

Republican House of Representatives Candidate, 1st District

October 5, 2010
Shawn Moody

Independent Gubernatorial Candidate

October 12, 2010
Libby Mitchell

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate

October 19, 2010
Chellie Pingree

Democratic House of Representatives Candidate, 1st District

Sustainable Seafood: Innovative Business Models for Stewarding the Ocean

Sea State 5.0 speakers explored the sustainability of seafood from a range of ecological and business perspectives. Each lecture is sure to provide food for thought!

February 11, 2010
Aquaculture: A Seafood Solution for the Future
Sebastian Belle, Maine Aquaculture Association

March 11, 2010
Eco-friendly Fine Dining: SavorthePossibilities
Sam Hayward, Fore Street

April 8, 2010
The Pillars of Ocean Stewardship: AHarvester's Perspective
Alain d'Entremont, Scotia Harvest Seafoods

May 13, 2010
Recognizing and Rewarding Sustainable Seafood
Brad Ack, Marine Stewardship Council

May 27, 2010
Bonus Lecture: Creating Market Pull in the Gulf of Maine Region
Jen Levin, Sustainable Seafood Program Manager, GMRI

June 10, 2010
Sustainable Fisheries: A Must, Not an Option
Jon Williams, President, New England Red Crab Harvesters' Association

Ocean Wind: Charting a Course for Maine’s Energy Future

We reviewed several exciting opportunities presented by the unique wind resources of the Gulf of Maine, with insights from leading experts in the region.

July 9, 2009
The Gulf of Maine is the Saudi Arabia of Wind
Governor Angus King, Independence Wind

Aug 13, 2009
How Does a State Take the Lead in Ocean Wind? Lessons from RhodeIsland and New Jersey
Chris Wissemann, Deepwater Wind

Sept 10, 2009
The Challenges and Opportunities for Maineto Emerge as an InternationalOcean Energy Leader
George Harte, Ocean Energy Institute

Oct 8, 2009
Governor's Ocean Energy TaskForce: EmergingRecommendations for Maine's Future
Don Perkins, President, Gulf of Maine Research Institutue

Nov 12, 2009
Community Wind on Maine's Islands: Lessonsfrom an Early Win on Vinalhaven and North Haven
George Baker, Harvard Business School and Fox Islands Electric Cooperative

Life in the Gulf of Maine: Past, Present, and Future

In this jointly developed series, regional scientists shared their contributions to the Census of Marine Life: the world's first initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution and abundance of life in the oceans.

February 12, 2009
Still Life: Historical Pictures of a Changing Ecosystem

Dr. Bill Leavenworth and Karen Alexander, University of New Hampshire

February 26, 2009
BONUS Lecture: On the Shoulder of a Gale
Captain Frank Blair spoke about his recent circumnavigation on the 63 foot wooden fusion schooner, Maggie B.

March 12, 2009
The Secrets of Fishbones: Marine Archaeologists Dig up the Past

Dr. Nathan Hamilton, University of Southern Maine

April 9, 2009
Whales in an Urban Ocean: Lessons on Coexistence

Dr. Scott Kraus, New England Aquarium

May 14, 2009
Time-Lapse on Cashes Ledge: A Changing Community

Dr. Jon Witman, Brown University

June 11, 2009
Where Land Meets Sea: Diversity Along our Shores

Dr. Tom Trott, Suffolk University

Harvesting Maine’s Unique Resources 

Sea State 3.1 considered several exciting opportunities presented by the unique resources of Maine, with insights from leading experts in the region.

July 102008
Tidal Energy: A Unique Opportunity and Challenge for Maine
Chris Sauer, Ocean Renewable Power Company, LLC

August 142008
Lessons from Global Aquaculture Based on Past Experience, What Does the Future Hold?
William Harris, MariCal

September 18, 2008
Advanced Composites Materials: From R&D to Maine Jobs
Habib J. Dagher- Advanced Wood Composites Center,
University of Maine

October 92008
Harnessing the Power of the Market to Promote Sustainable Fisheries
Cathy Roheim, University of Rhode Island

November 13, 2008
How about Indigenous Innovation: How Small Places Can Change the World
Alan Lishness, Gulf of Maine Research Institute 

Stormy Subjects: Hot Topics from Cold Waters

Sea State 3.0 provided a unique opportunity to learn about the current challenges facing the Gulf of Maine ecosystem from leading experts in the region.

March 13, 2008
Charting Fishing Communities at Sea: Laying the Foundation for Community-Based Marine Resource Management
Kevin St. Martin, Rutgers University

April 10, 2008
River Herring in the Gulf of Maine: Challengesfor Management and Research
Karen Wilson & Theo Willis, University of Southern Maine

May 1, 2008
Marine Bioinvasions in the Gulf of Maine: A Story of Maritime History, Marine Science, and Environmental Policy
James Carlton, Williams College, Williams-Mystic Program

June 12, 2008
Lobsters and Whales: Managing Endangered Species in the Face of Uncertainty
George Lapointe, Maine Department of Marine Resources

The Gulf of Maine’s Fisheries: Past Present and Future

August 9, 2007
Fishermen's Ecological Knowledge: What Can it Contribute?

Ted Ames, MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Penobscot East Resource Center

September 13, 2007
The Gilded Lobster Trap: Is the Success of Maine's Lobster Industry Masking Bigger Problems?

Robert Steneck, University of Maine

October 11, 2007
The Last Twenty Miles: Maine's Vanishing Working Waterfront

Phillip Conkling, Island Institute

November 1, 2007
Bonus Lecture: The Success of Fisheries Management in the United States
Michael K. Orbach, Duke University

November 8, 2007
Fishing for Justice: From a Public Resource to Limited Access Privilege Programs

Dennis W. Nixon, University of Rhode Island

The Gulf of Maine Ecosystem: From Climate to Cod

April 12, 2007
Right Whale, Wrong Time? A Whale's Eye View of the Changing Gulf of Maine

Dr. Andrew Pershing, UMaine/Gulf of Maine Research Institute 

May 10, 2007
Climate Change: How Will it Impact the Gulf of Maine?

Dr. Lew Incze, Universtiy of Southern Maine

June 14, 2007
Tracking the Majestic Blue Tuna

Dr. Molly Lutcavage, University of New Hampshire

July 12, 2007
Cod: An Uncertain Future for the Fish that Made New England

Dr. Gramham Sherwood, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Sea State 1.0 

October 19, 2006
Oceanography and Red Tide: Why Can't I Eat Clams During the Summer?

David Townsend, Ph.D., Director University of Maine School of Marine Science

October 26, 2006
Fish Behavior and Fishing Gear: How not to catch fish!

Christopher Glass, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire and Director of Northeast Consortium

November 2, 2006
What Lies Within the Waves...and Why?

Lewis Incze, Ph.D., University of Southern Maine