Growing Oysters in the Gulf of Maine

The Sounding Line | Mar 1, 2022

In this episode of The Sounding Line, we learn about what it's like to be an oyster aquaculture farmer in Maine.

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Maine's sustainable aquaculture sector is growing, offering the potential to bolster the blue economy in our region for decades to come. Responsible aquaculture growth can help us create new opportunities to work on the water while feeding a hungry planet with an array of local, sustainable products.

Successful aquaculture businesses produce some of the most sustainable and nutritious food available anywhere, but running a profitable farm requires a lot of hard work and careful consideration.

Nobody knows that reality better than farmers like Joanna Fogg and Ben Hamilton. In this episode, Joanna, Co-founder and Owner of Bar Harbor Oyster Company, and Ben, Co-owner and Operator of Love Point Oysters, share some of their experiences launching and running oyster aquaculture farms here in Maine.

You really have to understand the creatures in your care, and their well-being, and do everything you can to steward their journey.

Ben Hamilton Co-owner and Operator
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Ben Hamilton Co-owner and Operator

See the transcript of this conversation to read it in full.

Featured Farms

Featured Experts

  • Carissa Maurin

    Aquaculture Program Manager

    [email protected]
  • A portrait of a woman smiling.

    Joanna Fogg

    Co-founder and Owner

    Bar Harbor Oyster Company

  • A portrait of a man in a gray shirt.

    Ben Hamilton

    Co-owner and Operator

    Love Point Oysters

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