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Potential spawning habitat for endangered shortnose sturgeon

Catherine Johnston’s interest in ecology and fisheries research inspired her to pursue a Master of Science degree at the University of Maine studying how the recent removal of two dams might open up critical spawning habitat for endangered shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum). When the Veazie and Great Works dams were constructed (in 1900 and 1912 … Continue reading Potential spawning habitat for endangered shortnose sturgeon

When Federal Policy Protects Habitat

In May 2000, President Clinton signed Executive Order 13158 establishing the federal framework for marine protected areas within U.S. waters. This built upon previous legislation including the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The stated purpose of the Order was to protect the “significant … Continue reading When Federal Policy Protects Habitat

Reef habitats and fishermen: developing a community-based marine reserve in Antigua

Sometimes to save the thing you love most, you have to leave it behind. That is exactly what Ruleo Camacho did when he left his home in Antigua and traveled to Maine, USA on a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship. Ruleo’s devotion to Antigua’s coral reefs took him on an unusual journey after he was accepted to … Continue reading Reef habitats and fishermen: developing a community-based marine reserve in Antigua

Tickling Mantas

During the summer of 2012, I spent six weeks working with the Marine Megafauna Foundation in Mozambique. Our goal was to collect non-invasive samples from manta rays to determine whether the sampling process was suitable for conducting DNA studies. While on SCUBA, we would carefully approach mantas who had come to reef cleaning stations (learn … Continue reading Tickling Mantas