Hit the Maine Oyster Trail to discover the way oysters should be!
The Maine Oyster Trail is an interactive guide that helps you find oyster farm tours, raw bars, boat & kayak tours, and opportunities to buy oysters directly from farmers anywhere along the Maine coast. The Trail invites visitors and locals to discover a new side of oysters by connecting to local farms and traveling off the beaten path.
The Maine Oyster Trail is the first interactive, incentive-based oyster trail in the U.S. and features 75 Maine oyster businesses, each of which offer one-of-a-kind experiences. The Trail’s interactive trip planner allows you to build your own custom trail based on different types of experiences and regions you’re interested in checking out. This makes it easier than ever to plan your route and find fresh Maine oysters. While you travel the Trail, you can use the Maine oyster passport to check-in at participating businesses, track your visits, and complete challenges to earn Maine Oyster Trail swag!
The original Maine Oyster Trail was launched in 2017, and was designed to educate consumers about oyster farming in Maine. In 2021, the Maine Oyster Trail was revamped to incorporate new farms, emerging market and tourism opportunities, and interactive virtual features. The Trail highlights local businesses and promotes authentic experiences that can only be found in Maine. In addition to guiding visitors, the Trail works closely with oyster farmers to provide the tools and support they need to explore new business opportunities through tourism. The Maine Oyster Trail is a collaborative initiative organized by Maine Aquaculture Association and Maine Sea Grant.
We encourage you to hit the Maine Oyster Trail to explore Maine’s iconic coast, immerse yourself in Maine’s oyster community, and taste our world-class oysters! Learn about upcoming events and all things Maine Oyster Trail by following @maineoystertrail on Instagram and Facebook.
Meet the Team
Afton Vigue grew up in Tenants Harbor, Maine and is currently working as the Outreach & Development Specialist for the Maine Aquaculture Association. She is passionate about preserving our state’s natural resources, delicious seafood, and creating opportunities for young people to stay in Maine and work on the water. Raised by a family of fishermen, she knows firsthand how fragile Maine’s coastal economy is, and how we must actively work to sustain it in new ways that honor our traditions and way of life. She hopes that her work on the Maine Oyster Trail will help locals and visitors alike appreciate all that makes Maine’s working waterfront special, and worth sustaining for generations.
Jaclyn Robidoux is a member of the Marine Extension Team at Maine Sea Grant where she works to develop and support sustainable sea farming along the Maine coast. With a background and specialty in seaweed farming and biology, Jaclyn is passionate about linking our food systems to climate solutions and working directly with people on the water to tackle new challenges. Believing that local seafood is good for people and planet, Jaclyn hopes the Maine Oyster Trail will help visitors get to know Maine’s farmers and encourage stewardship of our ocean resources. Originally from Massachusetts, Jaclyn is based in Portland, Maine, and is currently living up to her favorite bumper sticker: “I’m not from Maine but I got here as fast as I could”.
Heather Sadusky currently works for Maine Sea Grant as the Aquaculture Hub Coordinator. Heather moved to Maine specifically for its aquaculture and fishery industries. Growing up fishing in south Florida and surfing in Rhode Island gave her an undeniable love for the sea, and it was inevitable she’d follow that passion into a marine career. With experience in media, sales and marketing, Heather sees exciting potential for Maine seafood. The Maine Oyster Trail is just that opportunity for oysters, connecting people with a local, sustainable, iconic seafood species.
The Maine Oyster Trail is made possible with generous support from these organizations.