The Marine & Environmental Research Institute is a nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and people from the harmful impacts of toxic chemical exposure. The Institute produces scientific research that drives change and inspires solutions to the pressing environmental issues of our day. From flame retardants to plastics, our discoveries have informed public opinion and fueled key legislation, which impacts millions of people in Maine and across the country.
Director Dr. Susan Shaw testifies in Minnesota to help pass the nation’s toughest ban on flame retardant chemicals to date.
Scaled-back flame retardant ban clears House hurdle
A House committee has approved a bill that would ban four types of flame-retardant chemicals. > learn more
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Whales & Seals in Distress, Microplastics in Seafood, Bacteria at the Beach.
MERI Director Dr Susan Shaw and Marine Research Coordinator Madelyn Woods present an overview of 2017 marine research programs, with a focus on beach bacteria monitoring, methods, data sharing and how MERI's health alerts prevent human exposure to harmful pathogens.