Membership

For Growers

As one of Maine’s aquatic growers, the Maine Aquaculture Association has much to offer you. First, MAA is a network of people who face many of the same challenges you do on the water, with the banks, with the legislature and government agencies, and in the marketplace. Through MAA, our common needs become the industry position.

As a member of MAA, you receive:
• A full-time professional staff ready to serve your business needs
• Advocacy for your business needs at the state & federal levels
• One Aquaculture Business & Production Plan for a species of your choice, free of charge (a $365.00 value!)
• Exclusive access to our Membership Newsletter which includes event notifications, job postings, business resources, webinars & special announcements
• Business planning & support
• Editing & distribution support for press releases
• Access to best management practices (BMPs)
• Crop insurance consulting
• Opportunities to showcase your products in trade shows
• A copy of our by-laws and guiding principles for responsible aquaculture in Maine
• A comprehensive membership “starter kit” including information on financial support, business planning services, and other tools

Note: Membership fees are tax-deductible and vary depending on farm acreage. We also offer prorated memberships for those who join in the middle of the fiscal year.

Private Individuals – $60
Private individuals without an aquaculture business can be members, too! For only $60 annually, receive special discounts & promotions with our infrastructure partners, an aquaculture info packet, legislative alerts, event notifications, & special announcements from MAA (discount for students or teachers – $30).

For Infrastructure Companies

We all share a common interest in seeing the development and prosperity of new and existing aquaculture businesses in Maine. MAA provides a number of direct benefits to infrastructure companies whose customers include aquatic farmers.

Partners Program
All infrastructure members are encouraged to participate in our partners program. In this program, we distribute information to growers about your products or services and highlight a discount that you offer to our members. The distribution materials emphasize your support of the aquaculture sector and ask members to use you as a preferred vendor.

Basic Infrastructure – $700 tax-deductible donation
• Your logo and link to your website included on our Featured Members page
• 1 social media post to promote your business and drive traffic to your page (we share an ad you create, or we work with you to create a personalized ad)
• Bi-annual advertisement for your business in our Membership Newsletter (size: up to 600×400 px)
• Exclusive access to our Membership Newsletter which includes event notifications, job postings, business resources, webinars & special announcements

Pioneer – $1,500 tax-deductible donation
Everything included in the Basic Membership, plus:
• Your promotional materials featured at conferences & trade shows MAA attends
• A table about our Annual General Meeting
• Two additional advertisements in our Membership Newsletter (quarterly) (size: up to 600×400 px)
• 1 additional social media post (2 total) to promote your business and drive traffic to your page (one may be video format)

Visionary – $5,000 tax-deductible donation
Everything included in the Pioneer Membership, plus:
• A personal introduction to and tour of two MAA member operations of your choice
• Guest speaker spot at our annual meeting or conference of your choice
• A personal consultation with MAA executive director on business development and market opportunities for your company and its products
• Two additional social media posts (4 total) to promote your business and drive traffic to your page (two may be video format)
• Your logo and a link to your site in the footer of our Membership Newsletter for the entire year