A clutch of new aquaculture initiatives – largely relating to seaweeds, bivalves and RAS finfish production – are putting Dorset on the aquaculture map, according to Martin Sutcliffe, aquaculture and fisheries development officer at Dorset Coast Forum.
Former oyster farmer and athlete Imani Black recently founded Minorities in Aquaculture in order to champion women and diversity in the aquaculture sector. As well as running the non-profit she is about to begin graduate school at UMCES.
Solar Oysters’ Elizabeth Hines explains how the innovative agritech startup has ambitions to help restore native oyster reefs, improve water quality and – in the longer term – become “the John Deere of the oyster aquaculture industry”.
Born in Freeport, Maine, Emily Selinger quickly fell in love with working on the water. After getting a captain’s licence and working on schooners along the East Coast, she returned to Freeport and set up her own oyster farm, Emily’s Oysters.