SEANET’s sustainable ecological aquaculture research portfolio is built around an interdisciplinary framework that uses Maine’s coastline and waterfront communities as a living laboratory. Coastal Maine faces changes to its economic and cultural traditions due to shifts in demographics and the collapse of diversified fishing economies. Furthermore, climate change and the decline of wild fisheries drive a multitude of ecological changes to which Maine and coastal states around the nation will need to adapt in the coming years. In order to build a new coastal economy and address demands for a diversified world food supply, SEANET will build a network of researchers along the Maine coast to determine the social, economic, and ecological potential for and impacts of increased aquaculture in Maine. A social ecological research framework guides these research questions ensuring that they address the many aspects of sustainability. The integration of these data into a larger framework will facilitate the transfer of knowledge to action.
SEANET’s research is divided into four interdisciplinary themes and three bioregions. Explore these four research themes and the bioregional framework in more depth through these links or search the project database.