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Belfast fifth graders do real world science, for sake of salmonNov 4, 2017Press Clip

Students will be completing the same bioassessments in the spring to track seasonal changes and to release their salmon fry. Students are now uploading their findings to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) Vital Signs website where they will collaboration with scientists and resource managers to answer research questions and utilize their data.

Cape Cod tourists no longer have to ‘go to Europe’ to get abundant local fishSep 27, 2017Press Clip

“We had to reverse a vicious cycle,” said Jen Levin, sustainable seafood senior program manager at GMRI. “The fishermen weren’t harvesting because no one was buying. No one was buying because the fish weren’t on the buy sheets.”

Two Portland middle school students behind app win awardsSep 27, 2017Press Clip

Gulf of Maine Research Institute Chief Education Officer Leigh Peake has agreed to meet with Lainey and Addie to discuss the app. “Seems to me, getting fishermen to use the app would be really pretty cool.” Peake is prepping Lainey and Addie for a meeting with scientists where they will share the Marine Debris Tracker app.

With funding in place, FocusMaine hires its first full-time leaderSep 20, 2017Press Clip

FocusMaine partner organizations include the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Maine Aquaculture Association, Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Coastal Enterprises Inc. and Maine & Co.

Climate study underscores challenge of managing Gulf of Maine fisheriesSep 7, 2017Press Clip

Incorporating climate change and its effects on marine life will be an important part of sustaining key fisheries in the Gulf of Maine that already are proving difficult to manage.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute Gets $1 Million To Study Climate Change's Effect On FisheriesSep 6, 2017Press Clip

Dr. Lisa Kerr, who leads the project at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, says the idea is to create a predictive tool for managers that includes a variety of climate change scenarios, species biology and fishing techniques.

Maine Calling: Seafood in MaineAug 21, 2017Press Clip

Jen Levin, the Sustainable Seafood Senior Program Manager at GMRI joins the Maine Calling Radio show at the 19:15 mark of the program.

Slideshow: See How Students Find Purpose in their Bates-Funded Summer InternshipsAug 17, 2017Press Clip

Watanasiri landed a Purposeful Work internship with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, spending the summer helping researchers learn more about the migratory patterns of Atlantic bluefin tuna.

Now, he’s hooked. “I am still pre-med, I would like to explore more of the world of marine science and try to make it a focus in my major, if possible.”

Invasive seaweed threatens Gulf of MaineAug 13, 2017Press Clip

The study focused on the shifting seaweed population only and did not concentrate on the cause. But Dijkstra said warming water temperatures do play a part in the decline of kelp.

“Kelp tissues tend to decline at warmer water temperatures,” she said, as determined in a 2015 Canadian study.

Middle Schoolers are Fighting the KnotweedAug 10, 2017Press Clip

To experiment with their ideas, students were given a 10×10 foot plot. Once or twice a week students went outside to work on their plot, as well as collect data. In the classroom, they used the data to make their own website. They also put their data on the website “Vital Signs,” which is a Gulf of Maine Research Institute Program.