Maine’s aquatic farmers are forging the future of sustainably-farmed seafood
Maine seafood is renowned for its high quality, freshness, and exceptional flavor. The cold, clean waters of Maine’s coast and inland waterways are ideal for growing delicious, sustainable seafood. A strong fishing heritage and dedication to producing a quality product are paramount to Maine’s aquatic farmers, who are committed to sustainable practices. We are determined to find ways to sustain our natural world and traditional ways of life.
Aquaculture is a key means of producing protein. Every year, the U.S. imports enormous amounts of seafood contributing over $14 billion dollars annually to the national trade deficit. Maine-grown seafood is produced under some of the strictest regulations and best environmental conditions in the world. Maine aquaculturists are a leading supplier of fresh, sustainable and locally grown seafood.
Maine communities have a long tradition of harvesting healthy seafood and taking care of our environment. Maine’s water farmers are helping preserve this heritage of working waterfronts and communities linked to the sea. Our water farmers make their living on the water every day. Healthy ecosystems with high water quality and diverse habitats are a key ingredient in our sustainably grown, healthy seafood.
We invite you to explore Maine Aquaculture. Learn about the Maine Aquaculture Association, which is one of the oldest state aquaculture associations in the country. Meet a Local Maine Water Farmer and see if you have a blue thumb! Perhaps you’re interested in learning how Maine’s water farmers are developing Sustainable Solutions to the issues they face; or if you have questions about aquaculture you would like answered please see our Frequently Asked Questions.