Putting Science to Work in the Rapidly Warming Gulf of Maine
- Leadership Program
Manomet has hired Marissa McMahan in a new staff position of Senior Scientist, based in its Brunswick, Maine, office. Marissa will take the lead on developing a viable, long-term applied science program helping Maine's fishing communities with climate adaptation strategies to respond to a rapidly warming Gulf of Maine. The program will be multi-dimensional, and will focus its efforts on invasive species (the European green crab), and formerly southern species (black sea bass) which are now moving into the Gulf of Maine and affecting existing fisheries and ecosystems. Marissa will work with clam harvesters being affected by the invasive green crab which preys on New England's native soft shell clams in an effort to develop and refine soft shell clam farming techniques. She will also continue work she started during her PhD investigating the viability of a green crab fishery to help reduce the numbers of this invasive predator. Finally, Marissa will work with lobster fishers, scientists, and fisheries managers to accurately document the population numbers of black sea bass which are moving into the warming Gulf of Maine and impacting the lobster fishery.