About Us

The Downeast Institute is the easternmost marine research laboratory and education center in the US.

We operate Maine’s first and only public shellfish and research hatchery.

Our marine laboratory serves the research interests of scientists and entrepreneurs who are interested in studying and understanding the relationships between marine organisms and their environment.

Our Center for Shellfish Production & Research produces hundreds of millions of commercially important juvenile shellfish to support research and for public fisheries stock enhancement.

Our Education Center programming provides experiential, hands-on science and math education for preK-12th grade students, as well as training and assistance for teachers.

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