Aquaculture Business Development Program Enters Fourth Year

Growing mussels, oysters or seaweed can add a new source income. These small-scale aquaculture businesses add to the resiliency of fishing communities. Through our Aquaculture Business Development (ABD) program, the Island Institute is working to help fishermen and people from fishing communities diversify into shellfish or seaweed aquaculture. Learn more, and apply to be a part of our 2019 program!
Featured Resources

August 17, 2018

For the second year, the Island Institute will be hosting a free six-week lecture series focusing on the Maine coast. Join us in Rockland – Wednesdays this summer, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. – to hear from authors, artists, community members, and other experts about life along Maine's waterfront and their perspectives, reflections, and insights on everything from art and aquaculture to modern-day challenges and connections.

October 31, 2017

Have you heard about the Northeast Ocean Plan or wondered what's included in it?

September 15, 2017

Maine has the potential to be a leader in U.S.-grown edible seaweed products. This summary report includes an overview of market potential for seaweed in Maine, a detailed description of the purpose behind the research conducted, and the benefits the results could have on the coastal economy.

July 7, 2016

A  series of fact sheets to help fishermen and coastal community members answer common questions about starting an aquaculture business.

June 30, 2016

This document provides contextual information about the lobster fishery and outlines some common concerns that fishermen have when they are facing changing ocean uses, in order to inform ocean planning efforts.