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The Future of FishingSep 15, 2018Press Clip

Maine Magazine: As students work on “emerging marine stewardship challenges,” such as how to make fisheries more sustainable, Perkins says the goal is to show them what they’re each capable of and to keep them interested in science. “In the act of doing real science, they realize that this is something they can do,” he says.

An ocean ‘heat wave’ just drove temperatures off Maine to near-record highsAug 31, 2018Press Clip

The Washington Post: 

Using satellite data, scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute said that over the past 30 years, the waters there have warmed at a rate more than three times the global average. Over the past 15 years, it has warmed at seven times that average.

Animals Are Trying To Adapt To The Gulf Of Maine's 'Marine Heatwave'Aug 31, 2018Press Clip

Maine Public: “But then in July the temperatures just started to really shoot up,” says Andrew Pershing, the institute's chief scientific officer. “We were watching in early August as the temperature started to hit levels we've never seen before for that time of year. And we actually hit temperatures that were very close to setting an all-time record for the Gulf of Maine.”

Waters off New England in midst of record year for warmthAug 30, 2018Press Clip

Associated Press: "We're seeing really unusual conditions all over the planet this year. Wildfires and heatwaves. Unusual conditions. The Gulf of Maine is part of that story," Pershing said.

Fisheries and Climate Change: What's Going On in New England?Aug 27, 2018Press Clip

WCAI: “You have to really put lobster in Maine and New Hampshire and north-of-Cape-Cod in the winner category, where the warming over the last 30 years has been a real boon to that population and it's helped them achieve the record catches that people in Maine have had over the last three or four years,” Pershing said.

Can dogfish save Cape Cod fisheries?Aug 20, 2018Press Clip

The Christian Science Monitor: “It’s just the classic supply-demand situation where they don’t yet get paid much more per pound,” says Jen Levin, manager of the Sustainable Seafood Program at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, who has done research on the marketability of dogfish in New England.

Discussing the increase in ocean levelsAug 16, 2018Press Clip

Seacoast Online: The program began with a presentation from Gayle Bowness, the Science Education Program Manager at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in Portland.

Demand for Maine oysters continues to skyrocketAug 15, 2018Press Clip

National Fisherman: Demand for oysters is expected to continue its rise, outpacing the state’s supply through 2026, according to a report delivered to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Aquaculture Program by an outside consulting firm.


Bates: Among those waiting at the marina were Michaela Pinette ’19, a summer intern at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and her GMRI research supervisor, Walt Golet, ready to help with the weighing and, later, to commandeer the fish’s head and stomach for research.

Scientists struggle to measure change in the natural worldAug 5, 2018Press Clip

Portland Press Herald: Lisa Kerr, a fisheries ecologist at Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in Portland, acknowledges how hard it can be for marine researchers to find appropriate reference points against which to measure change in fish stocks. Fisheries managers, she says, typically rely on data from 1980 onward.