DV-19-17: The who, how, and why? A deep dive into understanding Maine’s fishermen-farmers

Caitlin Cleaver, PhD Candidate
University of Maine

Maine coastal communities depend on the viability of the American lobster (Homarus americanus) fishery. However, as the Gulf of Maine changes, some lobstermen are diversifying their efforts to include oyster, mussel, seaweed, and salmon farming. The objective of this research is to understand the characteristics of fishermen-farmers based on fishing and farming experience, demographics, socioeconomics, and the current status of their aquaculture businesses. Data will be collected through online surveys and interviews. The information compiled from this study will be used to inform the creation of aquaculture training programs and provide recommendations to help facilitate entry into the aquaculture industry.

Sea Grant Funds: $2,522