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 has received a five year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) and will 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 will 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.
This award is great news for the university, its partners, and indeed, the entire state of Maine. This important funding will help establish a new and innovative network of experts who will work together to advance our understanding of Maine's working waterfronts, which are a vital part of our state's economy. It will also benefit countless students who will gain valuable research and field experience, making this a win for everyone involved. I look forward to seeing the good work it will support. Senator Angus King
SEANET Buoy Network
Want to see the data that SEANET is collecting in real time?
See the data collected by the large buoy at the mouth of the Damariscotta River by clicking here.
See the data collected by the large buoy in the Saco Bay by clicking here.
See the data collected by the LOBO buoys in the Damariscotta River by clicking 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