Explore the different ways in which we work to expand and support aquaculture industry in the Gulf of Maine.
The Maine Aquaculturist, an aquaculture knowledge portal, is a comprehensive, accessible, and practical information portal that assists commercial aquaculture businesses in understanding and utilizing business-relevant …
In Maine’s aquaculture industry the workforce shortage has been an obstacle to growth for many businesses. This in-depth analysis aims to help determine the current …
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 …
Top Gun is a unique entrepreneurial training program that has helped accelerate the growth of over 200 startup companies since 2009. Our program is tailored …
Our project produced a data-driven, quantitative market assessment that informs industry leaders and business owners about the potential scale and scope of markets for farmed …
In 2017, GMRI’s Aquaculture Program partnered with the City of South Portland and GEI Consultants to develop a Master Plan or long-term vision for the …
Aquaculture is the practice of growing seafood in a controlled setting, as opposed to harvesting wild populations. Aquaculture accounts for roughly half of all global seafood production and its output is increasing rapidly while wild-harvest rates have remained essentially flat. Marine species being farmed commercially in the Gulf of Maine include Atlantic salmon, eastern and European oysters, blue mussels, sea vegetables, and American eel. Sea farmers and researchers are working to develop techniques for growing additional species such as sea scallops, soft-shell clams, hard-shell clams, and additional species of marine algae.
We launched a program to support the growth of the aquaculture industry in the Gulf of Maine because the increasingly important role aquaculture is playing in the Gulf, and its potential to support livelihoods in coastal communities, inspired us at GMRI to delve into this new area. Approached properly, aquaculture produces some of the most sustainable and nutritious food available. Being able to control production results in some of the most fresh, premium quality seafood available. The growth of the industry must be pursued thoughtfully to keep ecosystems in balance, and to support fishing industries and coastal communities that depend on the GoME for their livelihoods, and to ensure that the high quality of product that rightfully fetches a premium in the marketplace is maintained sustainably.
We are working collaboratively with industry leaders, farmers, researchers, the business community, and other nonprofits to identify and pursue opportunities to expand the sustainable aquaculture sector. Together, we are helping the industry overcome obstacles related to workforce, business planning and training, knowledge transfer, market identification and development, and community approaches to enhancing profitability.
For more than a decade, we've worked to ensure that the Gulf of Maine’s rich and productive ecosystem supports an array of wild fisheries and the communities that depend upon them. In addition to healthy wild fisheries, an expanded aquaculture industry is essential for the region to meet the challenges of feeding a growing population and adapting to a warming climate. Far from being mutually exclusive, the two approaches lie along the same continuum of marine stewardship that rely on a clean environment, a keen understanding of the Gulf of Maine, thoughtful management, innovative leadership, and an informed and supportive public.