The DMC has been the site of aquaculture research, specifically shellfish aquaculture, since 1970 when Dr. Herb Hidu was hired by the University of Maine. Hidu established a research program focusing the cultivation of blue mussels and oysters at the DMC which was instrumental in establishing the aquaculture industry in the Damariscotta River. Here is a timeline of Aquaculture history in Maine provided by the Aquaculture Research Institute.