Maine seafood has attained true cult status. This is partly because of the special properties of the Gulf of Maine, whose deep, cold waters help insure quality and freshness. It is also thanks to the efforts of a large cadre of devoted fishermen and lobsterers trying hard to harvest the sea’s bounty safely and wisely.
Maine takes pride in its status as one of the leading producers of farm raised marine seafood in the country. The state’s fresh, healthy farm raised clams, oysters, mussels, bay scallops, Atlantic salmon, and steelhead trout comprise its thriving aquaculture industry. These Maine products are exported to national and international markets and represent valuable assets to the state’s economy and its innovative equity—the industry is constantly developing new methods to further the seafood farming industry and preserve its beautiful, clean waters. Most shellfish farms are family-owned and operated companies, and Maine also has an aquaculture company that grows seaweed.
Fresh Seafood at Maine Fish Markets
For those who prefer to cook their own seafood, dozens of lobster pounds and fish markets offer seafood straight from the docks—often, in fact, still alive. A list of companies that will ship fresh lobster directly to your home can be found at the Maine Lobster Promotion Council. Or, pick up clams, haddock, diver scallops, cod, smelt, halibut, swordfish, bluefin tuna and Maine peekytoe crab.
If you pay attention to tidal charts, you can watch clammers digging in mudflats, buy some of their harvest, and then make yourself a fresh clam chowder. Try a traditional Maine clam chowder recipe.