– Community Impact –
Creating New Economic Opportunities for Maine People
DEI’s innovations in wild and cultured fisheries has enhance 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 seed stock at a commercial scale.
Here are some examples of how DEI promotes fisheries innovation:
- Continuing annual production of 3 – 5 million soft-shell clam seed, supplying 7 – 9 municipal clam committees, and an increasing number of individual clam farmers leasing flats from their town.
- Producing limited quantities of hard clam (northern quahog), razor clam, and Atlantic surfclam seed for the shellfish culture industry.
- Building upon early successes in production and setting blue mussel seed onto ropes.
- Advancing full commercialization of the mussel farming industry by providing millions of juveniles annually.
- Advancing hatchery, nursery and grow-out trials of Arctic surfclams, a high value species, with the potential to create a new Maine aquaculture seafood product.
- Pursue research to break the bottleneck in producing European oyster seed, rearing larvae consistently through their settlement phase under hatchery conditions.
- Maintain limited production of cultured lobster juveniles for researchers, with capacity to scale- up should demand for lobsters increase for research or aquaculture purposes.
- Remain receptive to additional research opportunities with species such as scallops, sea urchins, kelp and two native crab species, Jonah and Rock.
- Publicizing our research results and information related to commercial aquaculture opportunities in journals, popular media and through keynotes and workshop presentations.
- Participating in collaborative initiatives that include potential aquaculture opportunities for Maine’s coastal communities.
- Built a private business incubator (300 ft2; with room for tanks of various sizes) for use by entrepreneurs 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.