Lunch and the environment: ocean acidification with Mick Devin, Hatchery Manager, University of Maine, Darling Marine Center

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Spectrum Generations, 521 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine

For more information: 207-563-1363;

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street in Damariscotta will host its Wednesday Lunch and Learn program on July 2 at 11:15am. Following the luncheon, Mick Devin, Hatchery Manager and Researcher at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole will discuss ocean acidification off the coast of Maine and the dangers it poses for marine life, especially shellfish. Devin, State Representative for District 51, introduced legislation that passed in April to create a commission to study ocean acidification and look for ways to mitigate it. In advocating for the passage of the legislation, Devin noted, “This bill is about protecting Maine’s marine resources. Ocean acidification poses a major threat to our commercial shellfish industry and the thousands of jobs it supports”.

A marine biologist, Devin’s work focuses on aquaculture. Devin has received fellowships from the Maine Department of Maine Resources Marine Studies Program, the prestigious Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (NOAA Sea Grant) and the Japanese Science and Technology Exchange Researcher Program.

Mick Devin recently retired as a commander from US Naval Reserves. Until his election to the Maine House of Representatives in 2012, he sat on the Sea Urchin Zone Council for the Maine Department of Marine Resources and was chairman of the Aquaculture and Marine Technical Board at the Maine Technology Institute.

Devin is active in both youth and young adult baseball in the Midcoast region. He also is a Blue & Gold Officer in the Admissions Department of the United States Naval Academy and he advises and mentors local students on applying to the Naval Academy as well as other service academies including Maine Maritime.

Come to Mick’s presentation on July 2 for insights regarding how Maine’s major inshore shellfisheries, including clams, oysters, lobsters, shrimp and sea urchins, could see major losses if ocean acidification is left unchecked. Advanced Luncheon Reservations are required. Please call 563-1363 by noon on Monday, June 30 to make your luncheon reservation and entrée selection (Roast Pork). For those over 60 years of age the suggested donation is $5.00 per person. For all others, Coastal Lunch and Learn program is an affordable dining choice at $6.00 per person.

Marianne Pinkham, Bangor Daily News, 25 June 2014. Article.

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