Lobsterman Keith Miller and crew harvest kelp in St. George, Maine

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Aquaculture in Maine

With Maine’s fisheries facing an uncertain future, marine-related economic diversification can help support Maine’s island and remote coastal working communities. Shellfish and seaweed aquaculture can provide fishermen and their families a way to continue making a living from the water for years to come. Learn more about how we're working to explore the benefits of aquaculture for Maine's waters, educate people about our marine environment, and help members of our island and coastal fishing communities succeed in the aquaculture industry.
Featured Resources

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.