Darling Marine Center Incubator

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The Darling Marine Center’s Aquaculture Business Incubator in Walpole features two

550 square foot lab/culture spaces adjacent to the Flowing Seawater Laboratory. Furthermore, office spaces and a 700 square foot dry laboratory are available in the Marine Culture Laboratory which also houses the SeaCaps® algal culture facility.  Industry partners may want to use a few tanks for a few days or weeks to carry out specific trials or a whole building for multi-year projects.

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Tenants at the Darling aquaculture incubator can take advantage of:

Technical support with access to juveniles and seed

 Academic partnerships with the University of Maine including student and intern labor

 Entrepreneurial training & business counseling

 RAS and flow-thru culture facilities

Multiple culture systems available

Business support facilities and networking opportunities

Assistance in grant writing and identifying funding opportunities

Current Tenants


Maine Shellfish Developers, LLC is developing land-based nursery systems for culture of Eastern oysters.



Aquaculture Development Services is developing novel culture systems to support the aquaculture industry.