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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

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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