August 23, 2012, 1pm
Come and find out more about our aquaculture research facilities at:
The Darling Marine Center, Walpole and The Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research, Franklin.
In the early 1970′s Dr. Herb Hidu was hired by the University of Maine to establish a shellfish aquaculture facility at that Darling Marine Center. For 30 years he taught and trained students in the art and science of growing the Eastern oyster in the cold waters of our coast. Many of his early students were the first entrepreneurs of Maine’s thriving oyster industry. 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 University 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 seawater 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.
The facility (CCAR) is located on Taunton Bay in Franklin, Maine. After taking over the property in 1999 we set about modernizing and expanding the facilities, upgrading the systems to include innovative recirculating technologies, waste water treatment systems and to comply with all relevant building and safety codes. In 2003 we built the “MTI Cluster Enhancement” funded buildings to add multipurpose space for business incubation and R&D. In 2005 we added the EDA funded marine fish hatchery, to enable us to produce a variety of marine fish for the industry. In addition to having the facilities, experience and knowledge, we are able to assist industry partners in applying for outside funding for their R&D projects and will help design and manage R&D projects from basic research, all the way through to the design of full scale commercial farming. The flexibility of the facilities allows for a wide range of work on a wide range of species. These include: cold water marine fish, including Atlantic halibut and Atlantic cod; tropical marine fish, such as Clown fish; a variety of invertebrates including polychaete worms and sea urchins; and marine algae.
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