DMC Science on Tap Seminar to focus on shellfish aquaculture

The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center (DMC) is host of the free Science on Tap Seminar series at the Newcastle Publick House from 6–7 p.m. Wednesdays.

On July 22, the seminar, “Shellfish aquaculture: Job creation, tasty bivalves and some cool science too,” will be presented by Carter Newell. A resident of Damariscotta, Newell will talk about the biology, ecology, economics and history of shellfish aquaculture in Maine. A shellfish farmer and coastal oceanographer for more than 30 years, he will highlight the potential bivalve cultivation has for ecologically and socially sustainable job creation along the coast, as well as which places grow the best bivalves — and why.

Newell has been farming mussels and oysters since getting his master’s degree in oceanography at DMC in 1982. He founded the Pemaquid Oyster Co., in 1986 with Chris Davis and Smokey McKeen, and in 2007, he founded Pemaquid Mussel Farms. Newell received his Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of New Brunswick in St. John in 2005.

Science On Tap wraps up July 29 and focuses on marine biological studies being conducted at the center.