The Maine Aquaculturist is a direct response to a gap in industry support identified by aquaculture business owners. To create this tool, we used a series of working sessions and conversations with aquaculturists from across the industry to drive the content, structure, and design.
Facilitate business decision-making
Early-phase businesses simply “don’t know what they don’t know.” How can a startup find the right resource, when they’re not even sure what the question should be? The Start a Business section maps out key decision-points to starting a sea farm and embeds resources within FAQs.
Don't try to provide all the answers
The diversity and variability of Maine's aquaculture industry means that there will never be one-size-fits-all solutions to business challenges. The goal is to increase use of existing support resources that Maine’s remarkable aquaculture community already provides.
Serve startups and mature companies alike
Many of The Maine Aquaculturists' resources are geared towards new and inexperienced sea farmers. However, industry veterans advocated for, and make use of, the searchable resource database, job board, and regulatory updates tracker.
Capture anecdotal experience of veteran sea farmers
When sea farmers have a question, they ask another sea farmer! Drawing inspiration from these informal information-sharing relationships, our exclusive case studies provide glimpses into the minds of experienced aquaculturists. Industry veterans from diverse backgrounds share critical insights — allowing readers to draw from their successes and avoid repeating their mistakes. To maintain the integrity of this information, case studies are only authored by vetted, experienced industry professionals.
Aquaculture business owners have to adhere to a level of professional transparency that's much higher than that of other industries. We want to reflect that commitment in this knowledge portal. All the resources on the site have been vetted by industry experts to ensure they are accurate, relevant, and business-oriented.