To improve the quality of life for the people of downeast and coastal Maine through marine research, marine science education, and innovations in wild and cultured fisheries.
DEI's ground-breaking work will generate new knowledge of the marine ecosystem for all who depend on it.
The dynamics of a changing ocean, the necessity for sustainable uses of marine resources, and the opportunities for restoration ecology all position the Downeast Institute for innovative leadership and collaboration in its core work of applied marine research. DEI will produce commercially important shellfish stock, restoring and creating economic opportunities for fishers, aquaculturists, and other entrepreneurs in downeast and coastal Maine. As the University of Maine at Machias Marine Science Field Station and local experiential classroom, DEI will enrich the education of area youth, university students and the visiting public. DEI's pristine coldwater location and expanded state-of-the-art venue will attract leading scientists and their teams for transformative research, generating new knowledge of the marine ecosystem and sustenance for all who depend on it.