The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a National Science
Foundation program directed at states that have historically received lesser amounts of research
and development (R&D) funding. Through this program, states develop partnerships between their
higher education institutions, industry, government, and others to effect lasting improvements in
their R&D infrastructure, capacity, and national competitiveness. Maine EPSCoR at the University
of Maine oversees and implements the state's NSF EPSCoR program.
SEANET was established under a five-year award (2014-2019) to help understand how we can create
more sustainable coastal communities and ecosystems through a deeper understanding of how these
systems interact with and influence each other. This multi-institutional, public-private
partnership led by the University of Maine in collaboration with the University of New England
and other institutions in Maine uses Maine's 3,500 mile coastline as a living laboratory to study
physical oceanography, biophysical, biogeochemical, socio-economic, and policy interactions that
have local, bioregional, national, and global implications. The project applies a new focus of
looking at Maine's inshore waters as aquaculture growing areas.
Maine EPSCoR is mobilizing the collective capacity of Maine's coastal science resources to
establish SEANET, a research network focused on Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture (SEA). SEANET
is taking a multi-institutional, transdisciplinary research approach to gain a comprehensive
understanding of how SEA can interact with coastal communities and ecosystems. The SEANET
research program uses the field of sustainability science to understand the social and
environmental connections and feedback loops among SEA, and coastal communities and coastal
ecosystems. For more information, visit
Part of the research and education program involves developing oceanographic models of factors
which control the productivity of Maine's coastal waters in three bioregions (southern, central
and down east Maine), supplemented by hourly monitoring of biophysical parameters in 6 coastal
regions through LOBO buoys in the more sheltered waters, and at the mouths of the bays in more
exposed conditions using buoys developed at the University of Maine. During the fall of 2015 and
throughout 2016, 2 LOBO and 1 U Maine buoys are deployed in the Damariscotta River estuary (upper
and middle LOBO, outer U Maine) and the Saco Bay region (Saco River and Scarborough Marsh LOBO,
Saco Bay U Maine). From 2017-2019, buoys will be moved to our other sites in Casco Bay,
Penobscot Bay, Cobscook Bay, and the Jonesport area.
Each bay region will have 2 LOBOs and 1 U Maine buoy for 1 - 1½ years. The U Maine
Damariscotta outer buoy data can be found at
The SEANET buoy network is supplemented with other smaller buoys and sensors involving students,
citizen monitors, fishermen and aquaculturists.
This streaming buoy data is provisional subject to calibration.
Damariscotta 1 LOBO in the upper Damariscotta River where there is extensive cultivation of the
American Oyster, Crassostrea virginica, and water depth of approximately 5 m at low tide.
Damariscotta 2 LOBO in the middle Damariscotta River near the University of Maine Darling Marine
Center and water depth of approximately 12 m at low tide.