Why talk about the future of aquaculture since it’s been around Maine at least since the 1970s? Nowadays, mussel and oyster farms are thriving enterprises, and new efforts at sea farming come online every year – from seaweed to goldfish to yellowtail, a prime eating fish. Some of these have failed, and some continue to thrive; there are currently at least 24 species of seafood and sea vegetables being raised on nearly 200 Maine farms.
The kingpin of aquaculture remains Atlantic salmon. Recent proposals for land-based salmon, raised in enclosed tanks in both Belfast and Bucksport, promise even more economic significance for Maine fish-farming. While touching on other aspects of aquaculture, Nancy will focus on salmon – because it’s truly the elephant in the room – and will take a look at what these new developments will entail, especially for consumers. She will also look at more traditional salmon farming Downeast and try to dispel some of the more unfortunate mythology with which it has been tainted, reassuring people that yes, Maine-raised salmon represents a tasty, healthful, locally-sourced choice that we can all get behind.
Nancy Harmon Jenkins, Author and Food Authority
Lectures in the Summer Lecture Series are free and open to the public, and take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday from July 11-August 15. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Space is limited to 40 guests.
4th Floor Conference Room
Island Institute, 386 Main Street, Rockland
Contact Hannah Barrows at (207) 594-9209 x113 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.