Downeast Fisheries Center

The Downeast Fisheries Center, located in the heart of our waterfront headquarters, is a permanent public education and exhibit space.  The Center provides an opportunity for locals, visitors, and students to learn about the issues confronting Maine’s fishing industries and to develop an understanding of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. It is also a stop on the Downeast Fisheries Trail. In 2013, we opened a touch tank that provides visitors with a hands-on interaction with marine life. The Downeast Fisheries Center is open Sunday through Friday from 10am –4pm Memorial Day to Columbus Day annually.

pat with lobster

Patrick Shepard, Fisheries & Seafood Associate, explains the anatomy of a lobster.

In the summer of 2015 we installed a 12-foot wide, 4-foot tall interactive touchscreen wall exhibit! The wall consists of a map of Eastern Maine where visitors can explore coastal Maine species, toggle interactive layers, and learn how Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries is working to ensure a fishing future for Eastern Maine and beyond.