Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish, shellfish and even plants. The term aquaculture refers to the cultivation of both marine and freshwater species and can range from land-based to open-ocean production. The jurisdiction of The Town of Brunswick, and the focus of this web page, is the farming of marine species within the coastal waters Brunswick. Pursuant to 12 MRSA §6072(3), in any municipality with a shellfish conservation program, the DMR Commissioner can not lease areas in the intertidal zone without the consent of the municipal officers.
The Town of Brunswick is home to a variety of shellfish farms. For a list of these operations please visit the Maine Interactive Aquaculture Web Map. To understand more about public participation in aquaculture licensing or leasing process please visit Public Participation in Aquaculture Licensing and Leasing.