Case Study

Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries

Interactive video wall, supporting iPads, and a digital guestbook at MCCF's Discovery Wharf
Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries
Stonington, Maine
Meteor, D3, GIS, touch projectors

The people behind the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (formerly Penobscot East Resource Center) are passionate about securing a sustainable future for fisheries and fishing communities in Eastern Maine and beyond. With the aim of further engaging the public in the important work that they do, MCCF came to Perch with the goal of creating an immersive educational experience in their public space in Stonington, Maine.


Explore the Links Between Species and Communities

Phase one of this project, the Interactive Species Explorer, allows viewers to examine common species found in the coastal waters of Maine and learn about their relationships with other species and with the communities that depend on them. The installation is powered by two side-by-side touch-capable projectors and four iPads mounted to a pier-like table below. Touching a bobbing species on the wall pulls it into the examination zone, where a visitor can explore in-depth info about that species, its relationship to the fishing industry, and legislation that affects its long-term sustainability. On the back end, Meteor was used to synchronize the 6 devices in real time and allow data to flow in both directions.

Phase two, currently in development, features a complete build-out of the educational space, an interactive guest book, virtual fishing excursions, and an additional interactive experience that uses Leap Motion controllers to allow users to interact with the ocean gesturally.

Initial mockups
Final installation
VR app by Big Room Studios, exhibit design by Perch