Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019 is a project of Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, and the Island Institute, with support from the Maine Fishermen’s Forum Board of Directors.
Dana Morse, from Walpole, ME, is a seasoned professional in the field of aquaculture and marine resource management. With over two decades of experience as a member of the Maine Sea Grant Program, he has dedicated his career to education, research, and technology transfer in the industry. As a co-founder of the Nice Oyster Company, Morse is also an oyster farmer, bringing practical hands-on knowledge to his work and bridging the gap between academia and industry.
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Dana Morse tells the story of the past six years—and four boats—of Nice Oyster Company and how getting involved in the industry has changed his role at Maine Sea Grant. He shares his vision for the future of aquaculture in Maine, where capture and culture industries can work together. Morse discusses the challenges and growth of their oyster farm, including starting with a small boat and gradually acquiring larger ones. He emphasizes the physical work involved but also highlights the enjoyment of being out on the water and the rewarding nature of the job. Throughout the conversation, Morse reflects on the changes he has witnessed in the aquaculture industry. He notes the expansion of oyster farming geographically and the increasing diversity of people involved in the industry. Morse also mentions a positive change in attitude toward aquaculture, with a growing recognition of its potential for economic benefits and coastal community development.
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