Lincoln County News publishes feature on DMC intern working with seafood company

The Lincoln County News published a University of Maine Darling Marine Center feature article about Abby Shaughnessy, a senior studying marine biology at the University of Maine. Shaughnessy is spending the summer interning at the DMC in Walpole. For her Honors thesis, she partnered with Portland-based Ready Seafood to help make selling lobster overseas more profitable. “Maine is known worldwide for its lobster industry,” Shaughnessy said. “It is important to meet the increasing demand for exported live lobsters.” To determine price and how far they can be shipped, lobsters are graded based on their shell hardness, according to the article. Currently, Shaughnessy is working with Grade B lobsters, meaning their shell bends slightly when squeezed by its sides. Her goal is to improve their shell quality in the course of one week. “The DMC is an outstanding research facility,” Shaughnessy said. “The passion that people here have for marine science is inspiring.” Boothbay Register also published the article.