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Gulf of Maine Fishermen Face Warming ‘Double Whammy’Jan 13, 2016Press Clip

Climate Central: The changes projected by NOAA’s model were published last week in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.

Sea Turtles Stranded on Cape Shores Later Than EverJan 4, 2016Press Clip

Boston Globe: Endangered sea turtles are washing up on the shores of Cape Cod later this winter than ever before, reflecting another sign of the sharp rise in the temperature of the waters off New England, officials from local conservation groups say.

Warm Weather Extends Maine’s Lobster SeasonDec 28, 2015Press Clip

NPR: The unusually warm weather in New England has made for an unusually long lobstering season in Maine.

Andy Pershing, the chief scientific officer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute said earlier this year that the higher temperatures could threaten the lobsters well-being.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute to Study Fishing Communities’ Climate VulnerabilityDec 16, 2015Press Clip

Associated Press: The Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland will get $1.3 million in federal money to investigate fishing communities’ vulnerability to climate change in the Northeast.

From Trap to Plate, Maine Lobster Distribution is a Complex SystemDec 14, 2015Press Clip

Mainebiz: Trends show the lobster resource is shifting east, possibly due to the warming ocean temperature... According to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute report "Understanding Opportunities and Barriers to Profitability in the New England Lobster Industry," lobstermen in 2010 reported average gross revenues of $97,333, with an average $24,847 in profit after expens

Climate Change Hurting New England Cod, Study Says (all links)Oct 29, 2015Press Clip

Multiple National Outlets: For centuries, cod were the backbone of New England’s fisheries and a key species in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Today, cod stocks are on the verge of collapse, hovering at 3-4% of sustainable levels. Even cuts to the fishery have failed to slow this rapid decline, surprising both fishermen and fisheries managers.

Spiny Dogfish gets a Marketing MakeoverOct 28, 2015Press Clip

Boston Globe: The Gulf of Maine Research Institute, will create promotional events and develop product surveys for potential buyers.

Since 2009, the institute has been promoting local “under-loved” fish like cape shark through its “Out of the Blue” project.

Fishermen Worry as Black Sea Bass Stake New England ClaimOct 26, 2015Press Clip

Associated Press: As waters warm off the coast of New England, black sea bass are moving north and, fishermen say, threatening the region's most valuable aquatic species: the lobster.

Maine recently established a commercial fishery for the species, and New Hampshire fishermen have inquired about the possibility of starting one, state officials said.

Mayday: Gulf of Maine in DistressOct 25, 2015Press Clip

Maine Sunday Telegram: The Gulf of Maine – which extends from Cape Cod in Massachusetts to Cape Sable at the southern tip of Nova Scotia, and includes the Bay of Fundy, the offshore fishing banks, and the entire coast of Maine – has been warming rapidly as the deep-water currents that feed it have shifted.

NASA Commits $6.5M to Gulf of Maine Research Institute for Climate Change EducationOct 21, 2015Press Clip

Mainebiz: The Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland is receiving a $6.5 million grant from NASA to create a new educational program focused on science knowledge and problem-solving related to climate change.