Gulf of Maine Research Institute

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Water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine are on course to be some of the warmest on record, and the "marine heatwave" is being associated with disruptions in the gulf's ecosystem. Some animals in the Gulf, though, seem to be adapting to the changes.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Local lobstermen and aquaculture operators have been invited to weigh in on the possible redevelopment of South Portland's pier.
City officials say they see an economic opportunity at the Portland Street Pier, particularly in the field of farming shellfish like mussels and oysters. The Portland Press Herald reports a pier master plan concerning design and assessment is expected to be completed in June.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine marine research institute says it has added a species of New England flounder to its list of sustainably harvested fish species.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute says it is adding the American plaice to its list of species that can carry the "Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested'' brand.

Fishermen from New York to Maine typically catch 2 million to 4 million pounds of American plaice per year. They are among many flounder species used for seafood.

PORTLAND, Maine -  As the commission that regulates Atlantic fisheries is due to vote on whether to keep the shrimp fishery open for another year because of population concerns, a research project at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute is looking to get some real numbers about those populations.

The institute is sending Maine lobstermen out with acoustic equipment that will help them learn where the shrimp are congregating over the winter, and where they lay their eggs.

PORTLAND, Maine - A marketing report released by a marine science institute finds that Maine's shellfish aquaculture industry is in a position to grow in value by a factor of more than four in the coming years.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute released the report on Wednesday. It states that Maine's aquaculture industry currently provides about $6.5 million in value and has the opportunity to grow to more $30 million by 2030.

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PORTLAND, Maine -  The Portland-based Gulf of Maine Research Institute has received a $6.5 million NASA grant to support climate change education in Maine and beyond, with an initial focus on fifth and sixth graders.

PORTLAND, Maine - Scientists will begin aiding fishermen next year by issuing weekly forecasts about lobster migration.

The Portland Press Herald reports the forecasts will begin in spring and will indicate when lobsters start to migrate from deep waters off the coast to state waters where they are easier to trap. The forecasts are based on water temperatures.

Scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland are trying to better understand how the ecosystem of Casco Bay is changing. This summer, they launched a comprehensive survey of marine life in the bay that will unfold over the next 10 years. MPBN's Jennifer Rooks caught up with some of the researchers.