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Welcome to Aquaculture Research Institute

The Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) of the University of Maine conducts respected, relevant and responsive research targeted at improving efficiency, profitability and sustainability of existing and emerging aquaculture in Maine and the USA.  The ARI currently has members in several departments and schools at the University of Maine including five core funded professional staff, three core funded aquaculture faculty, and over 40 cooperating faculty.  ARI is one of 13 research units at the University of Maine that report to the Vice President of Research. Our research is focused on one of the seven targeted technology areas (aquaculture and marine technology) outlined in the 2010 Maine Science and Technology Action Plan and qualifies us for funding from the Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF).  MEIF was established to administer investments in targeted research and development and product innovation and to provide the basic investment necessary to obtain matching funds and competitive grants from private and federal sources.



Maine Aquaculture R&D Forum

Venue: Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland
Date: January 14th, 2015
Time: 1:00 – 5:45 (refreshments from 12:30)

Become part of the future and join us for the 1st annual Maine aquaculture R&D forum hosted by Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, and the University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute. It will be held in conjunction with the Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition (NACE) on January 14th, 2015 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland.

This is an opportunity to explore innovative R&D opportunities to develop cutting edge solutions for Maine’s aquaculture industry needs. This is a unique opportunity for members of the industry and researchers to meet and exchange ideas. Even if you have not been involved in aquaculture research before, now is the time to join the movement to build Maine’s future!



Aquaculture and FutureFood 2050

Professor Mary Ellen Camire (ARI Cooperating Faculty, Professor of Food Science & Human Nutrition in the School of Food & Agriculture at UMaine, and President of the Institute of Food Technologists) carried out 11 media interviews last week in New York, as part of the IFT’s “FutureFood 2050” project. FutureFood 2050 focused on seafood in August, and aquaculture was a hot topic!!! You can see the videos and related material at

Keep a lookout for Mary Ellen’s podcast with SeafoodSource on aquaculture too – coming soon!