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2008-08-19 10:13:53

EZ Pass for Fish Helps Ocean Tracking Network Locate Salmon from Maine off Halifax, Nova Scotia For years scientists have struggled to understand the decline and slow recovery of Atlantic salmon, a once abundant and highly prized game and food fish native to New England rivers. Biologists agree that poor marine survival is affecting salmon in the U.S. and Canada, but specific causes are difficult to determine in the ocean. Small acoustic tags and associated technology may provide some...

2008-07-23 15:01:12

By KEVIN MILLER; OF THE NEWS STAFF A University of Maine researcher told members of Congress on Tuesday that offshore wind power offers enormous potential for helping wean the U.S. off its fossil fuel dependence and that Maine is ready to lead the charge in developing the technology. Habib Joseph Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Laboratory at UMaine, said the Gulf of Maine alone contains 100 gigawatts of wind energy potential. That is equivalent to roughly 10...

2008-07-23 12:01:10

By Kevin Miller, Bangor Daily News, Maine Jul. 23--A University of Maine researcher told members of Congress on Tuesday that offshore wind power offers enormous potential for helping wean the U.S. off its fossil fuel dependence and that Maine is ready to lead the charge in developing the technology. Habib Joseph Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Laboratory at UMaine, said the Gulf of Maine alone contains 100 gigawatts of wind energy potential. That is equivalent...

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2008-04-25 08:25:00

Conditions are ripe for another large bloom in New England waters; weather and current patterns will determine outcomeThe end of April usually brings the first signs of harmful algae in New England waters, and this year, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and North Carolina State University (NC State) are preparing for a potentially big bloom.A combination of abundant beds of algal seeds and excess winter precipitation have set the stage for a harmful algal bloom...

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2006-10-16 15:30:00

A new observation and modeling program focused on the southern Gulf of Maine and adjacent New England shelf waters could aid policymakers in deciding whether or not to re-open, develop, and manage offshore shellfish beds with potential sustained harvesting value of more than $50 million per year. These areas are presently closed to the harvest of certain species of shellfish due to the presence of red tide toxins.    Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution...

2005-06-04 10:49:43

BOSTON -- The worst red tide in decades idled about two-thirds of the shellfish beds in Massachusetts on Friday as the toxic algae bloom spread off the coast to Nantucket. The state shut down all shellfish beds on the island and in waters three miles around it, as well as the remaining open beds in Chatham on Cape Cod, because of unsafe levels of toxins. Don Anderson of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution said it was the first time he could recall Nantucket being affected by red tide. Late...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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