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ARI Facilities - DMC Research Shellfish Hatchery

The Darling Marine Center

Over 30 years ago at the Darling Marine Center, Dr Herbert Hidu learned how to grow the easter oyster.  Because of Dr Hidu, research at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center continues in his traditions; work continues with faculty, staff, students, and industry workers have worked to develope lines of oysters with improved growth and disease resistance to support increased production on Maine’s oyster farms.

The Darling Center shellfish research has expanded beyond Maine’s oysters to a wider variety of species including mussels, scallops, whelks, european oysters, razor clams and quahogs.

Both Basic and applied research is supported at the center with the goal of improving knowledge of shellfish and sustainable methods for the fishing and culture of shellfish.

There are a number of state of the art facilities at the Darling Marine Center to support the Univeristy of Maine’s aquaculture research.  Including:

  • UMaine Shellfish Hatchery-  built in 2001, it is a flowing seawater lab, or an open tank space, ambient as well as chilled and heated sea water and instrumentation bays.
  • Broodstock Conditioning Room- Allows the researchers to feed, condition and spawn shellfish out of season, and is isolated for quarantine purposes.
  • Shellfish hatchery- Algal culture systems, which are efficient and productive for the main purpose of feeding the many filter feeding shellfish at the center.
  • Temperature controlled room- used for the culture of larval stage shellfish.
Hatchery based research at DMC is often conducted in collaboration with industry partners, the shellfish working group, and the Maine Aquaculture innovation center.  These collaborations provide the University of Maine researchers access to some of the most pristine and productive culture sites in the Northeastern United States.

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