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Friday, 17 November 2017 16:52

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BEALS - We all know Maine is known for its seafood.

A new grant will help researchers in the Downeast region make sure it can continue to meet demand and provide jobs for years to come.

 

Several years ago folks from the mussel aquaculture industry came to the Downeast Institute because they were having trouble putting out their ropes and having mussels settle on them.

 

Professor of Marine Ecology Brian Beal said "They were looking for a consistent supply of mussels that they weren't getting in the wild."

 

Executive director Dianne Tilton said "Sea grant will allow us to continue working with mussel farmers to commercialize different ways to supplement the wild."

 

According to officials it is important for Maine and the aquaculture industry because it could increase the size of the harvest.

 

"So you're basically being able to increase mussel production in the state without needing to take up more space in the ocean which is always a concern" said Tilton.

 

They hope by expanding their facility it will provide access to learning about the marine environment and enhanced collaboration efforts with local fishermen.

 

"The idea here is to create the infrastructure so that marine scientists and others who want to come and study marine habitat and marine systems have a place to stay" said Beal.

 

"We also think that it's going to be good for the local economy because people will come here they won't have research vessels so they'll want to get in touch with fishermen that could use their boats as research platforms. We're here to help commercial fisheries aquaculture to answer questions and to move production along to a better place" said Beal.

 

Shonna Narine

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Shonna Narine joined the ABC7 and FOX22 team in August 2017. Originally from Long Island (although she hides her accent for TV) she's excited to see what Maine has to offer.

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