– Community Impact –

Business Incubator

Creating New Aquaculture Opportunities

DEI has assisted fishermen and other entrepreneurs create new aquaculture opportunities by discovering successful shellfish hatchery, nursery and 
grow-out techniques with multiple species and by producing seed stock at commercial scale.

Specifically through the following activities:

  • 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. 
And we areadvancing full commercialization of the mussel farming industry by providing millions of juveniles annually.
  • Advancing hatchery, nursery and grow-out trials of Arctic surfclams, an internationally unique 
project 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.
  • A business incubator that is private area (300 ft2; with room for tanks of various sizes) for use by entrepreneurs to develop new seafood ideas and initiatives.

Our Community Impact:

ADAPTIVE </br>FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
ADAPTIVE
FISHERIES MANAGEMENT

DEI provides science-based leadership to adapt to a changing marine environment.

FISHERIES STOCK ENHANCEMENT & RESTORATION
FISHERIES STOCK ENHANCEMENT & RESTORATION

DEI has produced hundreds of millions of seed clams for coastal communities.

BUSINESS </br>INCUBATOR
BUSINESS
INCUBATOR

DEI has assisted fishermen and other entrepreneurs create new aquaculture opportunities.

SCIENCE </br>EDUCATION
SCIENCE
EDUCATION

DEI’s marine education program makes relevant scientific exploration part of pre-K to 12 grade education

SHELLFISH </br>FIELD DAYS
SHELLFISH
FIELD DAYS

Join us August 11th for this annual event and our ribbon-cutting ceremony for our new facility.

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