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Aquaculture Research Institute

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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.

NEW! Just Announced!

$20million NSF RII Track 1 EPSCoR Award – Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) 

The Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Research Network (SEANET) will be established under this award to gain a comprehensive understanding of how sustainable ecological aquaculture can interact with coastal communities and ecosystems. This multi-institutional, public-private partnership led by the University of Maine in collaboration with the University of New England and other institutions in Maine will use Maine’s 3,500 mile coastline as a living laboratory to study physical oceanography, biophysical, biogeochemical, socio-economic, and policy interactions that have local, bioregional, national, and global implications.

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Contact Information

Aquaculture Research Institute
5735 Hitchner Hall Room 179
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 207.581.4397E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System