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 studying and understanding the relationships between marine organisms and their environment.
Our hatchery produces hundreds of millions of commercially important juvenile shellfish to support research and for public stock enhancement.
Our education programming provides experiential, hands-on science and math education for K-12th grade students, as well as training and assistance for teachers.