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 are home to a number of applied field investigations. DEI partners with fishermen, aquaculturists, and other seafood companies to integrate observations into hypothesis; frame research questions; inform study design; deploy, conduct, and sample research, and process data; and 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 technology transfer occurs.
DEI is committed to improving the quality of life for the people of downeast and coastal Maine through marine research, science education, and innovations in wild and cultured fisheries.