Who We Are

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The Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center was established in 1988 by the Maine Legislature with a mission to assist in developing economically and environmentally sustainable aquaculture opportunities in Maine. MAIC sponsors and facilitates innovative research and development projects involving food, pharmaceuticals, and other products from sustainable aquatic systems; invests in the enhancement of aquaculture capacity in Maine; serves as a source of educational information to enhance public visibility and acceptance of aquaculture; and encourages strategic alliances tasked with promoting research, technology transfer, and the commercialization of aquaculture research.

Hot off the MAIC Press!

Unlimited Ingenuity, Industrious Entrepreneurs:

Stories of Aquafarming in Maine 1998-2016

A Collection of Stories by Muriel L. Hendrix

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What We Do

Sampling of 20 ongoing research projects:

  • Pioneering GIS for shellfish site selection
  • Developing a low cost environmental data buoy
  • Optimizing seaweed culture methods
  • Sea scallop commercialization
  • Developing rapid detection methods for oyster MSX disease

Increasing Maine’s aquaculture and marine research capacity:

  • Constructed an algal production facility at the Darling Marine Center
  • Oceanographic instrumentation lending program to assist aquaculture enterprises to identify optimal culture sites along our coast
  • Enhancements to the aquaculture business incubator at the CCAR
  • Improvements to the DMC Marine Culture Laboratory for business incubation

Business incubation:

  • 750K establishment grant to construct two incubator facilities at Darling and CCAR
  • Provide business development and support services to incubator tenants (with support from the DECD)
  • Recently renovated laboratory space for business incubation at the Darling Marine Center

Training and education:

  • Partnered with the Aquaculture in Shared Waters Project fisheries retraining program
  • Developing an electronic aquaculture curriculum
  • Host the Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition, held biennially throughout New England since 1998.

 

MAIC’s mission is to assist in developing economically and environmentally sustainable aquaculture opportunities in Maine.