What's Happening at the Fest?

*All activities are free of charge.

Hear from the Experts!

12:00 PM noon  Barton Seaver - The Future of Sustainability in Aquaculture

12:30 PM NEW!  Ernie Burgess - Aquaculture Leasing: A lobsterman's perspective

1:00 PM  Jeff Putnam & The Island Institute - Starting an Aquaculture Business

1:30 PM  Paul Dobbins, Ocean Approved - Kelp Farming in Casco Bay

2:00 PM  Matt Moretti, Bangs Island Mussels - Sustainable Aquaculture in Casco Bay

2:30 PM  Dana Morse, Maine Sea Grant - Scallop Fishing & Farming: The future in Maine?

 

Farm Tours

Hop on a boat for a tour of Chebeague Island Oysters or Bangs Island Mussels farms. Space is limited – we suggest you reserve a spot ahead of time to avoid missing out!

TASTY BITES • 2:00-4:00 PM

Each Fest participant will get a free ticket for a tasty bite of oysters (2), mussels (a few), seaweed salad, and a non-alcoholic beverage.  You can also try some delicious cold seaweed tea from Cup of Sea.

*Additional snacks, and beer and wine will be available, but bring your wallet!

 

Kids' Activities

  • Face painting
  • Visit the oyster nursery
  • Sea Creature Scavenger Hunt
  • Scallop Shell Art

CornHole Tournament

2:00 PM - Kids

3:00 PM - Adults

 

Stop by the community Partner Tent

Ask the folks from Manomet about the puzzling Chebeague Clam Farm mystery.

Ask the folks from Manomet about the puzzling Chebeague Clam Farm mystery.

Ocean Approved will divulge their seaweed secrets. Including how it changes color!

Ocean Approved will divulge their seaweed secrets. Including how it changes color!

Check out the oyster nursery – or upweller , where the baby oysters spend their early days until they can go out on the farm.

Check out the oyster nursery – or upweller , where the baby oysters spend their early days until they can go out on the farm.

Watch a hands on demonstration of how the Friends of Casco Bay monitor water quality around Chebeague.

Watch a hands on demonstration of how the Friends of Casco Bay monitor water quality around Chebeague.

Pin scallops with the Hurricane Island Foundation.

Pin scallops with the Hurricane Island Foundation.

 

Where did this all start?

Aquaculture is a growing industry in Maine and Chebeague is the heart and center of aquaculture in Casco Bay. The clean, cold waters around Chebeague are perfect for growing shellfish and seaweed. While some of the sea farms around  Chebeague have been operating for more than a decade, others are brand new. This festival will be a chance for islanders and visitors to learn what aquaculture is all about, meet the farmers and take a personal tour of their farm operations.  

Who is hosting the fest?

The Chebeague Island Community Association (CICA) is hosting the first ever Chebeague Island Aquaculture Festival. CICA supports the economic sustainability of the Chebeague Island community. The aquaculture operations popping up around the island provide an exciting possibility for islanders. The festival will highlight these emerging economic opportunities, build relationships with islanders and aquaculture farmers, and show folks who are interested in getting into the business how they can be successful.  

 

CICA's Mission:

The Chebeague Island Community Association’s mission is “to ensure the survival and long-term viability of Great Chebeague Island as a year-round community.”  In addition to independence for Chebeague Island, CICA has worked on four kinds of projects: year-round, moderately priced housing, local economic development, energy efficiency and encouraging agriculture on the island.