– Community Impact –
Creating New Economic Opportunities for Maine People
DEI’s innovations in wild and cultured fisheries have enhanced Maine’s marine economy for many years. We have created new aquaculture and fisheries opportunities for fishermen and other entrepreneurs by discovering successful shellfish hatchery, nursery and grow-out techniques for multiple species and by producing shellfish seed stock at a commercial scale.
Our Ecology Lab includes a private tank room with running seawater to allow entrepreneurs to experiment with ways to commercialize DEI’s discoveries, or try their own ideas.
How DEI Promotes Innovation in Fisheries:
– Producing 3 to 5 million soft-shell clam seed annually for public stock enhancement and aquaculture experimentation.
– Producing hard clam (northern quahog), Razor clam, and Atlantic surf clam seed for the shellfish culture industry.
– Advancing full commercialization of the mussel farming industry by providing millions of juvenile mussels annually.
– Advancing hatchery, nursery and grow-out trials of Arctic surf clams, a potential new and high value Maine aquaculture seafood product.
– Pursuing research to break the bottleneck in European oyster seed production by rearing larvae consistently through their settlement phase.
– Developing technology to produce cultured lobster juveniles for research or aquaculture purposes.
– Being open to research opportunities and partnerships to study species such as Sea scallops, Sea urchins, kelp and Jonah and Rock crab.
– Publishing our research results in scientific journals, and sharing information through media, keynotes and workshop presentations.
– Participating in collaborative initiatives that include potential aquaculture opportunities for Maine’s coastal communities.
– Offering entrepreneurs a private business incubator (300 sq. ft.) ; with running seawater to develop new seafood ideas and initiatives.
Our Community Impact:
ADAPTIVE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
DEI provides science-based leadership to adapt to a changing marine environment.
FISHERIES STOCK ENHANCEMENT & RESTORATION
DEI has produced hundreds of millions of seed clams for coastal communities.
DEI has assisted fishermen and other entrepreneurs create new aquaculture opportunities.
DEI’s marine education program makes relevant scientific exploration part of pre-K to 12 grade education
SHELLFISH FIELD DAYS
Join us August 11th for this annual event and our ribbon-cutting ceremony for our new facility.