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Downeast Institute
P.O. Box 83
39 Wildflower Lane
Beals, Maine  04611-0083
(207) 497-5769


To inquire about conducting research at DEI, or to ask questions about DEI’s current research projects, contact Dr. Brian Beal, DEI’s Director of Research, at UMM, (207) 255-1314 or

Marine Research Hatchery

DEI operates the state’s first – and only – public shellfish hatchery. Our Center for Shellfish Production and Research specializes in raising juvenile shellfish for fisheries stock enhancement and for research purposes. To do so, we also produce food for the shellfish thorugh our stock microalgal (phytoplankton) culture system and mass algal growout system.

To order shellfish seed or discuss DEI’s Marine Research Hatchery operations or capabilities, please contact Kyle Pepperman at (207) 259-5048 or


To get in touch with DEI’s Education Director, Ms. Colleen Haskell, call (207) 259-5091 or e-mail

Facility Tours and Use

Inquiries about overnight accommodations should be directed to Reanna Smith at (207) 259-5090. To inquire about tours call (207) 497-5769.

General Inquiries

Contact DEI’s Executive Director Dianne Tilton at (207) 259-5039 or


DEI is located on Great Wass Island, adjacent to Beals Island. In Jonesport, take the bridge to Beals. Take a left at the end of the bridge and follow Bay View Drive. When you reach the end of the causeway which leads to Great Wass Island follow the sign to DEI, taking a right onto Black Duck Cove Road. Remain on the Black Duck Cove Road until it turns to dirt, then continue for another mile.

You will see our dorm on your right. Look for the sign that says “Evelyn Hall”. If this is your destination, follow the parking instructions you were provided with your reservations.

If DEI’s main research campus is your destination, continue down the hill until you see a sign for Downeast Institute on your right, at the entrance to Wildflower Lane. Follow Wildflower Lane to our parking area.

We look forward to seeing you.

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