Our Facility

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 the state’s first – and only – public shellfish hatchery. We improve 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.

The pristine, coldwater location and state-of-the-art venue provides exceptional capacity for scientists, marine educators, and their teams.

As the University of Maine at Machias Marine Science Field Station and local experiential classroom, DEI enriches the education of youth, university students and the visiting public.

DEI cultures commercially important shellfish seed, restoring and creating economic opportunities for fishermen, aquaculturists, and other entrepreneurs throughout coastal Maine and beyond.

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