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ARI Research

Maine communities have a long tradition of harvesting healthy seafood from our clean, cool waters. Maine’s aquafarmers are helping preserve this heritage in Maine’s working waterfronts and communities linked to the sea. Healthy ecosystems with high water quality and diverse habitats are a key ingredient in our sustainably grown healthy seafood.  The Aquaculture Research Institute a leading international centre in its field . We bring together inter-disciplinary, world renowned researchers to meet the wide range of challenges faced as we grow a sustainable industry.

Latest Projects

  • Sea Lice Biology- as well as the treatments of New Sea Lice. Progress has been made in the war against Sea lice, as stated in an August 2010 issue of a published paper, it was demonstrated that the blue mussel can eat the larvae of the Sea Lice parasite which has recently made a comeback on fin fish farms.  Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture will be an alternative approach to a mono-culture system; where, it is believed to reduce the number of environmental impacts of commercial aquaculture systems by combining the cultivation of fed species, such as salmon, with extractive species such as the mussels.  Using mussel to feed on excess phytoplankton and other excess nutrients in the water column, along with the extra food and feces in the water, will lead to a healthier population of finfish in your system.  The idea will also reduce the amount of nutrients that are going into the ecosystem due to the farm,  In addition the mussel species has begun to raise their own market value, therefore increasing the return of profit; a potential greener version of farming.
  • Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture Systems.
  • Disease Resistance in Shellfish- Including work with Shellfish Broodstock Disease Resistance.
  • The Ecology of Cultured Aquatic Animal Disease.
  • Multiple Vaccine Developments.
  • Developmental Biology of Cultured Aquatic Animals.
  • Reproductive Biology.
  • Cataracts in Cod.
  • Habitat Enhancing Moorings for Lobsters.
  • The Biology of New Aquaculture Species.
  • Sea Urchin Culture - The Scientists at the University of Maine’s CCAR are currently working with several commercial partners in industry to learn if it is practical or profitable to commercially culture Sea Urchins in Maine waters.  Depredation of wild urchins in Maine, primarily through overfishing combined with rising costs of urchins themselves make it worthwhile to see if commercial growth on a commercial scale is profitable. The CCAR is working with three commercial partners, each of whom are experimenting with different methods of raising urchins to market size.
  • Seasonal and Environmental Effects of Aquatic Animal Health.

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