Our vision: DEI’s groundbreaking work will generate new knowledge of the marine ecosystem for all who depend on it.
DEI was founded to develop solutions for problems facing our fisheries and communities and operated Maine’s first public shellfish hatchery. For over 30 years, we have focused on applied marine research, assisting in answering questions that affect our marine resources and coastal culture. DEI incorporates the observations, technical expertise, and environmental knowledge of fishermen, students, and other community members into our study designs, and our research methods ensure results are statistically valid and reliable.
We look forward to continuing to work with community members and fishermen to help fisheries adapt to climate change, develop new business opportunities, and educating future and current generations about using the scientific method to evaluate and acquire information about the marine resources we depend on.
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.