DMR research priorities

ELLSWORTH — In the coming weeks, the Maine Department of Marine Resources’ Bureau of Marine Sciences will host research prioritization meetings for scallops, urchins, river herring, eel, halibut and Atlantic herring.

The scallop and urchin meetings are set for April 24 at Ellsworth City Hall, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. The four other meetings will be May 9 and 11 at the DMR offices in Augusta.

These meetings will help the DMR establish research priorities that will increase the understanding of each species’ ecology and assessment and will contribute to sound management decisions, according to an announcement. The DMR will use information gathered from these meetings to identify research priorities and support collaborations with external partners.

All meetings are open to the public, with members of the fishing industry, interested scientists and NGOs encouraged to attend.

Anyone interested in participating in one or more sessions should RSVP to Marta Peters at [email protected] or 633-9523. For more information on the intent of the DMR’s research prioritization, contact Carl Wilson, director, Bureau of Marine Sciences, at [email protected] or 633-9538.

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