Downeast Institute (DEI) is the eastern-most marine research laboratory and education center in the US. The marine laboratory serves the research interests of scientists and entrepreneurs who are interested in learning about and understanding the relationships between marine organisms and their environment.
DEI’s shellfish hatchery and running seawater laboratory support a number of applied field investigations. DEI partners with fishermen, aquaculturists, and other seafood companies to integrate observations into hypotheses; to frame research questions and inform study design; to deploy, conduct, and sample research, process dataand disseminate results. Our approach integrates both local ecological and technical fisheries knowledge into our study design, making the results stronger and applicable to the real world. Our approach also ensures that our findings can be used by harvesters, fishery managers and others.