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The Maine Aquaculture Coordinating Council recognized these issues and identified the need to strengthen connectivity between key components of the Maine aquaculture research community, and to develop a much greater alignment between research capacity and industry needs with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness and sustainability of the aquaculture sector while growing the research capacity. This includes fostering integration of existing multidisciplinary research capacity and capability not traditionally aligned with aquaculture-related activities.

On January 14th, 2015 the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, and the University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute hosted the first annual Maine Aquaculture R&D Forum (later renamed to Summit).

This was a unique opportunity for members of the industry and researchers to meet, exchange ideas, and explore innovative, cutting edge solutions for Maine’s aquaculture industry needs.