About Us

Downeast Institute (DEI) is the eastern-most marine research laboratory and education center in the US.¬† We are Maine’s first and only public shellfish hatchery.

Our marine laboratory serves the research interests of scientists and entrepreneurs who are interested in learning about and understanding the relationships between marine organisms and their environment. Our education programming  provides experiential, hands-on science and math education to K-12th grade students, as well as training and assistance to teachers. Our hatchery produces hundreds of millions of commercially important shellfish species.

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