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: