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Alex DeKoning

Alex DeKoning, a mussel farmer based out of Bar Harbor, ME, is the son of seventh generation mussel farmers from Holland. DeKoning and his family run the only mussel farms in North America that farm mussels on the bottom instead of on ropes. He talks about the integration of an immigrant into life on the coast of Maine, the process of farming mussels, and how his methods differ from the norm. He also mentions concerns about green crabs as predators and explains how the mussel reproductive cycle can be impacted by new species.





Griffin Pollock

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Natalie Springuel

Suggested citation: DeKoning, Alex Oral History Interview, March 2, 2019, by Matt Frassica, Page #, Maine Sound & Story. Online: Insert URL (Last Accessed: Insert Date).


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