– Community Impact –
Fisheries Stock Enhancement & Restoration
DEI was founded for fisheries stock enhancement purposes.
In 1987, to address the decline of eastern Maine’s soft-shell clam populations, the organization (that was known at the time as the Beals Island Regional Shellfish Hatchery), began producing cultured juvenile clams to reseed clam flats.
Since then, the organization hasproduced hundreds of millions of seed clams for coastal communities in northern New England. DEI has developed techniques for hatchery production of soft-shell clams, as well as growing, overwintering, and seeding clam flats, and transferred those technologies to municipal shellfish committees, clammers, and the scientific community.
In addition to soft-shell clams, DEI produces other shellfish species such as quahogs, razor clams, Blue mussels, European oysters, Arctic surfclams, scallops, and lobsters.
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.