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Maine EPSCoR

Publication Date

Summer 2016

Abstract/ Summary

Maine has a unique environment to drive aquaculture research, as there are roughly 3,500 miles of coastline that serve as a living laboratory. Aquaculture was identified as a key growth sector for the state by the Maine Innovation Economic Advisory Board in the 2010 Science and Technology Action Plan. In 2014 alone, the aquaculture industry grossed $137.6 million in economic impact for the state.

Our current NSF EPSCoR Track 1 grant, the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET), consists of four research Themes: Ecological and Sociological Carrying Capacity; Aquaculture in a Changing Ecosystem; Innovations in Aquaculture; and Human Dimensions. These Themes collaborate through a variety of projects to positively impact Maine’s working waterfront. Our latest issue of the newsletter includes information about some of the projects happening under SEANET.

SEANET presently consists of 37 faculty members, 93 undergraduate students and 41 graduate students who are engaged in aquaculture research this year at 10 institutions across the state.


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