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Jul 17, 2017

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Darrows Barn, Round Top

Round Top Farm, 3 Round Top Lane, Damariscotta, Maine





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Science for the People: Damariscotta Estuary Marine Science Public Forum

The public is invited to join students and faculty from the Darling Marine Center, aquaculture industry partners, and the Damariscotta River Association (DRA) for public program titled “Science for the People: Damariscotta Estuary Marine Science Public Forum” from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday, July 17 at the DRA’s Darrows Barn at Round Top Farm, 3 Round Top Lane, Damariscotta.
Presenters will provide short synopses of recent research being conducted under the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET). Presenters will share oceanographic research ranging from riverbed composition mapping to autonomous buoy data collection, water samples and river transects, studies of phytoplankton, zooplankton, oysters and water quality monitoring in the Damariscotta River Estuary as part of a social ecological system.
Damariscotta River Association’s Director of Education and Environmental Monitoring Sarah Gladu will also share recent observations based on water quality data collected by citizen volunteers over the past several years in the estuary. University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center Kathleen Thornton will present water quality findings based on data from MCOA (Maine Coastal Observing Alliance), an alliance of citizen monitoring groups in Midcoast Maine, providing a regional perspective on changing estuarine conditions.
Gladu said recently of this event, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to learn about the research that is being conducted to better understand a wide variety of conditions and issues that are impacting this estuary and the region as a whole. It is an opportunity to make sure that data and research is put to real and meaningful use by this community.”
Working with nine partner institutions and more than a hundred researchers, the SEANET project will ultimately replicate oceanographic work being conducted in the Damariscotta to five other study areas along Maine’s coast. This five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation is helping scientists explore how different types and scales of aquaculture fit into Maine’s multi-use working waterfront and the river ecosystem.