Aquaculture, the farming of finfish, shellfish, and aquatic plants, can help Maine, the nation, and the world to feed a growing population while creating economic development. Sustainable ecological aquaculture (SEA) aims to balance best management practices and social concerns with the health of the coastal ecosystem and wild fisheries while creating an economically viable aquaculture industry. Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine received a five year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) and build a network of interdisciplinary researchers along the coast of Maine to help advance sustainable ecological aquaculture (SEA) and support marine STEM sciences in Maine’s K-12 curricula. 

By creating sustainable aquaculture infrastructure, expertise, and collaborations, SEANET aims to establish a lasting network of researchers whose goal will be to inform regulators, investors, new and current aquaculturists and the public on the best available science in sustainable aquaculture. 

SEANET Buoy Network

Want to see the data that SEANET is collecting in real time?

See the data collected by the large buoy in Machias Bay here.
See the data collected by the large buoy in the Cobscook Bay here.
See the data collected by the LOBO buoys in the Damariscotta River, Machias River and Cobscook Bay  here.

There are several SEANET weather stations set up along the coast. The data from these stations can be accessed through these links:

UNE Weather Station, Saco
Bowdoin Weather Station, Orrs Island, Harpswell
DRA Weather Station, Great Salt Bay, Damariscotta
Maine Maritime Academy Weather Station, Castine
DEI Weather Station, Beals Island
Cobscook Community Learning Center, Lubec