Bigelow Laboratory to study algae as biofuel

WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR — Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has signed a long-term agreement with BioProcess Algae LLC of Portsmouth, R.I. BioProcess is a producer of algal biomass for human nutrition, animal feeds and biofuels.

According to a Sept. 20 press release, BioProcess is actively pursuing development of a range of sustainable bioproducts derived from microalgae. The company will use Bigelow’s service facilities, such as the J.J. MacIsaac Facility for Aquatic Cytometry, to assist in the selection of algal cultures for biomass production.

Bigelow Laboratory has also signed an agreement with Satlantic Inc., an ocean technology company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that develops precision optical sensors for aquatic research and water quality monitoring. The agreement provides Satlantic with exclusive use rights to Bigelow Laboratory’s Underway Aiming System software developed by Senior Research Scientist Barney Balch and Research Associate Bruce Bowler.

Free Museum Day admission at Maine Maritime Museum

BATH — Maine Marine Museum in Bath is once again participating in Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day, a program that provides free admission for two to any of more than 1,500 museums nationwide. This year, Museum Day is Saturday, Sept. 24.

Visitors with Museum Day tickets for Maine Maritime Museum can tour the museum’s galleries, receive a free Percy and Small Shipyard introduction walking tour, at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m., and visit all of the museum’s seven permanent exhibits, including the Victorian home of the shipbuilders Donnell family and the Grand Banks fishing schooner Sherman Zwicker.

Maine Maritime Museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located at 243 Washington St. in Bath. For additional information visit the website at mainemaritimemuseum.org or call 443-1316 during business hours.

To receive free admission, visitors must download a ticket from the Smithsonian magazine website at smithsonianmag.com/museumday. The offer is limited to two free admissions per email address. Any of the participating museums can be chosen, but visitors can choose only one museum for free admission.

Family weekend at Maine Maritime Academy

CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy will host its annual Family Weekend Oct. 7 through 9 with a full schedule of campus events.

For more information, visit the website at mma.edu.

River herring talk in Portland

PORTLAND — The Gulf of Maine Research Institute will present a talk titled The Decline of River Herring: Fact vs. Fiction and Is There a Smoking Gun? on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

Michael P. Armstrong of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries will describe how river herring, such as alewives and blueback herring, have played an historical role in New England’s coastal communities and in the ecology of coastal rivers and nearshore regions of the Gulf of Maine.

Populations have exhibited dramatic declines over the past 20 years despite efforts to remove dams and restore waterways, a press release said. The talk will consider suspects in the recent declines, including striped bass predation, habitat degradation, water flow problems, continued poor passage at dams and the bycatch of river herring in the mid-water trawl fishery.

The lecture will take place at the GMRI offices at 350 Commercial St. in Portland.

For more information, visit the website at gmri.org/seastate or contact Patty Collins at lectures@gmri.org or 228-1625.

Zone C Lobster Zone Council meeting

DEER ISLE — The next meeting of the Zone C Lobster Zone Council will be Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School.

Video conferencing will also be available at North Haven Community School, Vinalhaven School and Isle au Haut Rural School.

The agenda will include election of officers; DMR updates (Lobster Trap Tag System-Owner Operator Clarification, MLPC Appts., ASMFC Shrimp, Lobster, Herring and Menhaden); alternative bait update; and vertical line risk reduction update.

According to the website wordorigins.org, “Scuttlebutt is an early 19th century nautical term for an open cask of water kept on deck for use by the crew. The term comes from scuttle — to cut a hole in — and butt — a large cask. Sailors would gather about the cask and trade stories and gossip, much like modern office workers do at the water cooler or coffee pot. By the turn of the 20th century, American sailors began using the term scuttlebutt to refer to these sea stories and gossip. Eventually the term became associated with any gossip or rumor.”

Send scuttlebutt to Herald Gazette reporter Shlomit Auciello at sauciello@villagesoup.com or call 207-236-8511.