Our Mission: Improving the quality of life for the people of downeast and coastal Maine through marine research, marine science education, and innovations in wild and cultured fisheries.
Downeast Institute (DEI) is the easternmost marine research laboratory and education center in the United States, and is the state’s first and only public shellfish hatchery.
Our coldwater location, immediate ocean access and state-of-the-art venue provide exceptional capacity for scientists, marine educators, and their teams. Our facility offers labs with running seawater, climate controls, and other features ideal for supporting marine research. Other labs in our facility provide flexible space for a variety of studies.
Our facility also offers a fully equipped conference room, office spaces and housing. Besides the main building, our campus includes a pier, two tidal impoundments, a fabrication area, and several spaces for processing samples.