DV-19-16: Aquaculture in Maine Classrooms – Making Connections

Morgan Cuthbert
Yarmouth Schools

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food producing sectors in the world, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In Maine, aquaculture is becoming a prominent industry and is serving as a means for commercial fishermen to diversify their efforts. Furthermore, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Sea Grant Network have identified aquaculture as an important education topic, and in response, a growing number of Maine schools are bringing aquaculture into the classroom.

In an effort to engage middle and high school teachers in Maine schools, a one day Maine Aquaculture Education workshop will be held at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine. The goal of this workshop is to form a collaborative network of aquaculture educators by introducing the principles of aquaculture, providing tools and resources, and identifying challenges and opportunities related to implementing aquaculture curriculum. Researchers and industry professionals will be asked to attend in order to strengthen the connections between educators and the aquaculture industry.

Sea Grant Funds: $4,999