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Georges River Tidewater Association open house and volunteer recruitment event 
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 11:00am - 02:00pm

GRTA provides volunteers with training and equipment to sample water quality from one of 14 locations accessible from the shore. Pairs of volunteers visit their sites once a month in April, May, June and October and twice a month in July, August, and September to take water samples and test them for pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and salinity.

Location 62 Water Street in Thomaston, Maine
Contact GRTA’s Volunteer Coordinator Eric Sroka at 207.832.1273


Inside the Industry

Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

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