The Maine Aquaculturist empowers Maine's sea farmers to access and fully utilize business-relevant support resources. By centralizing knowledge to a single, searchable database and by filling gaps in existing resources, we help farmers find the information that moves them forward. The Maine Aquaculturist is a thoroughly vetted, consolidated resource hub — complete with case studies from a diverse group of industry experts. From developing an initial business plan to selling product at market, our Essential Start Guide charts the course for new aquaculture entrepreneurs. Our initial focus is on the needs of shellfish and sea vegetable producers who make up the bulk of Maine's industry by number, but additional sectors may be added in the future.
Aquaculture in Maine has an unparalleled support ecosystem. There are state agencies and NGO’s focused on aquaculture-specific economic development. Myriad scientific research projects run by colleges, universities, extension agents, and research labs push innovation forward. Maine is also lucky to have sensible regulators, fish vet services providers, business and technical training providers — all on top of an already collaborative industry. Collectively, these organizations provide a comprehensive suite of resources to help aquaculture businesses navigate the complex, but surmountable, challenges of starting and growing a sea farm.