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Supporting the local seafood economy

Strengthening the ecological and economic sustainability of the Gulf of Maine seafood industry

As seafood demand increases in the Gulf of Maine, we recognize the importance of local, sustainable seafood and aquaculture products to fuel our coastal economy.

Our experts are focused on:

  • Increasing market share for Gulf of Maine seafood in regional retail and institutional outlets.
  • Increasing the value of Gulf of Maine seafood and enhancing its profitability across the supply chain.
  • Diversifying our seafood economy by increasing and integrating farmed fisheries with our wild fishery.

Seafood Economy Projects

Explore our efforts to support economic resilience in our bioregion.

  • Sustainable Seafood Program

    Sustainable Seafood Program

    We work with industry leaders across the supply chain to build market demand and empower consumers to find and buy Gulf of Maine seafood. We …

  • Advancing Aquaculture

    Advancing Aquaculture

    We are working collaboratively with industry leaders, farmers, researchers, the business community, and other nonprofits to identify and pursue opportunities to expand aquaculture production. Together, …

  • Commercial Oyster Demonstration Farm Partnership

    Commercial Oyster Demonstration Farm Partnership

    Our project documents the growth of a small oyster farm as it scales to commercial level operations. By keeping track of the successes, challenges, financial …

  • Trawl to Table

    Trawl to Table

    Trawl to Table workshops bring together players from throughout the seafood supply chain to learn and share information. The workshops dig into the challenges and …

  • The Maine Aquaculturist: An Aquaculture Knowledge Portal

    The Maine Aquaculturist: An Aquaculture Knowledge Portal

    The Aquaculture Knowledge Portal is a comprehensive, accessible, and practical information portal that assists commercial aquaculture businesses in understanding and utilizing business-relevant aquaculture resources.

  • Culinary Partners

    Culinary Partners

    GMRI is proud to partner with area restaurants to promote responsibly harvested seafood from fishermen and purveyors in the Gulf of Maine. They have committed …

  • Supporting Coastal Aquaculture Development

    Supporting Coastal Aquaculture Development

    Shellfish aquaculture is growing rapidly. In Maine, limited purpose aquaculture (LPA) licenses are relatively easy to attain, and this attracts more people to enter aquaculture …

  • Gulf of Maine Sashimi

    Gulf of Maine Sashimi

    Gulf of Maine Sashimi was founded to realize the maximum potential for seafood from the New England region.

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  • Five Steps To Support Local Seafood

    Five Steps To Support Local Seafood

    As COVID-19 has spread across the world, our country, and now New England, it has left no part of the economy untouched. Small businesses, especially, …

    Perspectives

  • Aquaculture Impact

    Aquaculture Impact

    As part of our new strategic plan, aquaculture has emerged as an opportunity for us to accelerate the growth of a diverse seafood economy. Our …

    Announcements

  • Building Demand for Local Seafood

    Building Demand for Local Seafood

    The ability of coastal communities to thrive in the coming years will depend in large part on our ability to grow a diverse seafood economy. …

    Perspectives

  • Voices of the Gulf of Maine: The Oyster Farmer

    Voices of the Gulf of Maine: The Oyster Farmer

    Mook Sea Farm is an oyster farm founded in 1985 on the Damariscotta River in Midcoast Maine. There, owner and operator Bill Mook unites a …

    Voices of the Gulf of Maine

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