Successful meeting on challenges associated with optimization of the Crustacean harvest

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Successful meeting on challenges associated with optimization of the Crustacean harvest

More than 40 people from the US, Canada and Iceland attended the Challenges in Optimizing the Yield of Crustacean Shell meeting, hosted by the Iceland Ocean Cluster and New England Ocean Cluster in Boston on March 7. Much of the crustacean shell waste in the United States contains valuable proteins, and yet the majority of waste goes to landfills or composting operations. The purpose of this meeting was to begin to identify higher-value opportunities and how they can be achieved. Cluster partners and attendees included institutions from Alaska, Canada, Massachusetts, and Maine.

Geir H. Haarde, Iceland’s ambassador to the United States and Robert C. Barber ambassador in Iceland, addressed the meeting and subsequently presented experts from Maine, Alaska, Massachusetts, Iceland and Newfoundland. The agenda featured brief presentations from Pall Gislasson, Robert Verge, Julie Decker, Tom Gillet, Dave Fitzgerald, Robyn Hannigan, and Patrick Arnold – all focusing on how crustacean shells are currently being used and challenges to developing higher margin products from shell waste.

“We are showing our neighbors how we maximize the value of cod in Iceland, and hope to contribute to greater utilization of other marine animals,” says Thor Sigfusson of the Iceland Ocean Cluster. Thor says that Icelandic technology companies can assist US companies’ efforts towards shell utilization. Two such companies, Hedinn and Samey, have already begun projects in the United States.

/// written by Erica Hale ///

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The Great Bear Sea US Film Premiere and Panel

Please join us on March 9th for the US premiere of The Great Bear Sea at One Longfellow Square in Portland, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q & A. The Great Bear Sea is a wild expanse of ocean where whales, wolves, bears and humans thrive in rich coastal ecosystems. It’s also a place where worlds collide – a place full of historic conflicts, emerging struggles over ocean resources, and now, globally leading solutions.

The Great Bear Sea Film Screening and Panel Discussion 

When: March 9, 2016; 6:00pm – 8:15pm
Where: One Longfellow Square, at the corner of Congress and State Streets, Portland, ME
On-street parking is free after 6 pm, and The Westin parking garage is nearby.

Free admission & refreshments

RSVP to http://bit.ly/RSVP-Portland to save your seat. 

Come learn about the draft Northeast Regional Ocean Plan being released for public review this spring and discuss how we can help sustain our marine environment, livelihoods and cultures. 

An interactive panel discussion takes place after the film, with: 
Rick Getchell, All Nations Global Solutions and Northeast Regional Planning Body Tribal Co-Lead
Richard Nelson, Commercial Fisherman, Captain F/V Pescadero
Aimee Bushman, Ocean Planning Outreach Manager, Conservation Law Foundation
Moderator: Nick Battista, Marine Programs Director, Island Institute

This event is hosted by the Island Institute, Friends of Casco Bay, Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, Maine Island Trail Association, New England Ocean Cluster, Conservation Law Foundation, Surfrider Foundation, and Green Fire Productions. More details at http://ocean-frontiers.org/GBS-Portland

Film trailer and more info: http://ocean-frontiers.org/GBS-Portland

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LOBSTER TUFF

Hello world!   

We are Lobster Tuff.  And this is our story...

Following the Iceland Ocean Cluster's model of analyzing waste streams in search of added economic value, our development team came up with an innovative way to use lobster shells in the human healing process.  We're talking border-line superpowers.  Well maybe not quite as dramatic as that, but Lobster Tuff is taking a forward-thinking approach when it comes to helping our grommets recover from those little nicks and dings lurking in the pointy and abrasive corners of childhood.  

How you ask? Well, with bandages of course.  We pull somethin' special from the lobster shells and apply it to the dressing to help recovery happen faster and keep anything from sticking to the wound. 

We look forward to telling you more in March.

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Maine Emerging Photographers Under 30 at PhoPa Gallery

Photo: Justin Levesque

Photo: Justin Levesque

Portland-based photographer Justin Levesque, the artist behind ICELANDx207, was recently invited as one of thirteen "Maine Emerging Photographers Under 30" to participate in PhoPa Gallery's Seeing Through exhibition. His photos were taken aboard an Eimskip USA & Canada vessel as it travelled the Green Line from Portland to Reykjavik. Justin's art will be on display until February 13 at PhoPa Gallery.

There will be an OPENING RECEPTION on Thursday, January 14th from 5-7 at PhoPa Gallery located at 132 Washington Avenue in Portland.

http://www.phopagallery.com

 

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A Day With the Universities

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A Day With the Universities

UNE and USM publicly announce support for the New England Ocean Cluster

A very proud day for the NEOC as support from USM and UNE was formally announced this afternoon on the bridge of the Eimskip vessel, the Selfoss, at the International Marine Terminal in Portland Harbor. We are ecstatic to think of the future that lies ahead.  Below is the story put out by WCSH6.


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MDI Science Café: Untapped Resources and Eliminating Waste from Ocean-Based Economies

Monday, August 31, 2015 | 5:00 pm - Asticou Inn - 15 Peabody Drive, Northeast Harbor

Patrick Arnold will discuss how “cross pollination” of ocean-based industry and science can benefit Maine’s companies through commercially-driven collaboration. Patrick explains the psychological aspects of creating a culture that entrepreneurs can leverage to push products from concept to commercialization.

Arnold is the owner of Soli DG, Inc., a full service maritime/port development consulting firm focused on business development and operations management of and for seaports.

The MDI Science Cafés are a program of the MDI Biological Laboratory. They offer a relaxed, informal way to learn about the latest scientific developments. Each Café lasts about an hour. Presentations are made in everyday language and questions are welcome.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Seating is limited, but standing room is available. Please arrive early if you require a seat. Cafés are free of charge, and refreshments are available.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE

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New England Ocean Cluster House in the Media

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New England Ocean Cluster House in the Media

This post courtesy of the Icealand Ocean Cluster House

Plans for establishing a New England Ocean Cluster House in Portland, Maine have gained media attention in the US in the past week. At a reception last Tuesday intended to deepen the relationship between Maine and Iceland, Thor Sigfusson CEO of the Iceland Ocean Cluster, US ambassador to Iceland, Rob C. Barber, Iceland’s ambassador to the US, Geir Haarde, Maine city officials, entrepreneurs and investors discussed these ideas.

Fox News’ article says: “The project is called the New England Ocean Cluster House, and it is the product of a partnership between Portland officials and investors located here and in Iceland. City officials and investors on Tuesday announced the plan to potentially locate dozens of new businesses in the city-owned building on the pier.”

“Eighteen businesses have expressed interest in locating their operations in the former transit shed on the Maine State Pier. The 30,000-square-foot space would include shared spaces to foster an exchange of ideas” adds Portland Press Herald.

Portland Press Herald

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Conceptualizing The New England Ocean Cluster House

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Conceptualizing The New England Ocean Cluster House

The excitement surrounding any new project always grows as more information becomes available.  On March 17th, 2015, the parties behind the New England Ocean Cluster House (NEOCH) hosted a public introduction and conceptual unveiling of the business development project slated for the Maine State Pier.  The mood board displayed here demonstrates undertones of artistic design and the proposed floor plan establishes a space optimized for collaboration.  Much more to come as details are finalized. Artwork by Milja Korpela of the Iceland Ocean Cluster.

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