Our Mission: Improving 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 vision is that our groundbreaking work will generate new knowledge of the marine ecosystem for all who depend on it.
DEI’s focus on applied marine research means we help answer, questions, often brought to our attention by fishermen, school groups, and other community members, that affect local fisheries. Our research methods ensure our results are statistically valid and reliable. Working alongside harvesters and others involved in shellfisheries means we can incorporate their ecological knowledge and technical expertise into our experimental designs. This strengthens our research and makes it more likely the results will be used by the industry.
Our Community Impact:
ADAPTIVE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
DEI provides science-based leadership to adapt to a changing marine environment.
FISHERIES STOCK ENHANCEMENT & RESTORATION
DEI produces hundreds of millions of seed clams for coastal communities.
DEI assists fishermen and other entrepreneurs create new economic opportunities.
DEI makes relevant scientific exploration part of pre-K to 12th grade education.
SHELLFISH FIELD DAY
Join us the second Saturday in August for our annual celebration of all things shellfish.