Resources for Educators

Occupational Standards for Maine Aquaculture Training Providers

10/19/21 – The Maine Aquaculture Association has released the first Maine Aquaculture Occupational Standards, which specify the current workforce skills and training needs of Maine’s aquaculture sector. Altogether, four standards have been released, focusing on occupations related to (1) Marine Shellfish and Sea Vegetables; (2) Marine Finfish; (3) Land-Based RAS; and (4) Land-Based Shellfish Hatcheries. A supplementary document, the Maine Shellfish Aquaculture Career Pathways Map, is designed to provide an overview of the most common job types, entry points, and career pathway opportunities in Maine’s shellfish aquaculture sector today.

The occupational standards, completed in collaboration with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Educate Maine, and with support from FocusMaine, are intended to present education and training providers with a clear and comprehensive understanding of the specific technical skills and knowledge that are critical for the most common careers in each sector, standardize workforce training in the state, and establish an industry-led process to align training with workforce needs as the industry, and workforce needs, evolve.

Christian Brayden
Project Manager
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Resources for Elementary, Middle & High School Educators

Raising the next generation of sea farmers starts with education. We’ve gathered some of our favorite educational videos, books, lesson plans, activities and other resources here to help educators develop fun and engaging aquaculture content for their students. We hope this page is helpful to anyone who wants to bring aquaculture into the classroom. If you’re interested in having a member of our team come and speak to your class, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We never say no!

Virtual Games

This virtual game developed by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, with funding from the National Science Foundation, allows your to role play as an entrepreneur in the oyster industry, navigate starting your own farm, and bring your oysters to market. Take your first steps as an aquaculturist with your very own oyster farm!


Aquaculture Books

Watch zoom recordings of Oyster Annie reading two children’s books about aquaculture:

Annie reads “Farming on the Sea” about oyster farming
Annie reads “The Farm on the Sea” about salmon farming

Lesson Plans & Activities

Global Aquaculture Alliance Educational Resources

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix (search “aquaculture”) 

Maine Sea Grant Education Program

Seafood Watch Educator Resources

Teach ME Food and Farm / Lesson Plans

The Farm on the Sea