Redmond to research seaweed aquaculture

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ORONO — Maine Sea Grant and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension announce the appointment of Sarah Redmond of Hancock as marine extension associate.

Based at the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in Franklin, Redmond will be working with Maine’s aquaculture industry to develop and advance ecologically-based methods of growing marine macroalgae (sea vegetables or seaweed).

A native of Litchfield, Redmond received a bachelor’s degree in aquaculture from the University of Maine in 2003 and completed a master’s degree in marine botany at the University of Connecticut in December 2011. Her graduate research focused on potential climate change impacts on kelp. She also developed seed culture methods for seaweed species native to the Northeast. She will continue to work on these techniques while establishing a seaweed nursery system at the CCAR facility.

Before graduate school, Redmond held positions as a fisheries observer and researcher with NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, a conservation aide in the National Marine Shellfish Sanitation Program in the Maine Department of Marine Resources, a sternman on a lobster boat out of Port Clyde, and a technician in the shellfish hatchery of the former Marshall Point Sea Farm.

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Redmond brings her skills to the Maine Marine Extension Team, a partnership between Maine Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension. As a member of the MET, she will be available to assist coastal communities with questions, concerns, and information needs, especially those related to aquaculture, the seafood industry, and sea vegetable production. She may be contacted at sarah.redmond@maine.edu or 841-3221.

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