Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has been awarded funding from the Maine Sea Grant College Program for a new study of kelp forests in the Gulf of Maine. The East Boothbay laboratory reported that the study is designed in part to determine which kelp species are growing best in a rapidly changing Gulf of Maine and what amount of wild harvest is sustainable. The study is one of four new projects representing nearly $1 million in research investment awarded through the Maine Sea Grant College Program and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and matching sources. Bigelow Senior Research Scientist Douglas Rasher will lead the project with support from University of Maine scientist Robert Steneck, with collaboration from government and industry partners. Read More