West of Vinalhaven lies fabled Hurricane Island. Once the industrial site of the Hurricane Island Granite Company, where hundreds of stonecutters and their families engaged in the granite trade, Hurricane re-emerged in the 1960s as the Outward Bound School hub. Since 2009, Hurricane Island has been the seasonal home of the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, which runs week-long marine and island ecology courses as well as sustainability and leadership programs. They have built the first offshore field research station in Penobscot Bay and have also established a 3.2 acre experimental marine research site at the north end of the island through a lease from the Maine Department of Marine Resources. The researchers are exploring aquaculture with a focus on scallops, with kelp and oysters being grown and studied as well.