BELFAST — As part of its ongoing commitment to provide the public with information about its proposed salmon farm in Belfast, Nordic Aquafarms is hosting a panel discussion on aquaculture and its place in the Maine seafood industry on Tuesday, June 12, at 6 p.m. at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center.
Entitled Land-based Aquaculture and the Future of Maine's Sustainable Seafood Industry, the program will feature a panel of experts on aquaculture and Maine fisheries. The discussion will be moderated by Des FitzGerald, the founder of Ducktrap River of Maine and
former board chair of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. FitzGerald is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Maine Venture Fund and a member of Focus Maine's aquaculture implementation team.
Other panelists include:
- Matt Jacobson, executive director of the Maine Lobster Marketing Cooperative, which promotes demand for Maine lobster in U.S. markets and internationally and is funded by Maine lobster harvesters, dealers and processors.
- Anne Hayden, a program manager in the Sustainable Economies Program at Manomet, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to apply science and engage people to sustain our world.
- Paul Anderson, executive director of the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, a non-profit organization that works to secure a diversified fishing future for the communities of Eastern Maine and beyond.
- Jason Collins, technical manager for FishVet Group, which supports aquaculture producers around the world through veterinary consultancy and diagnostic technologies.
- Sarah Cook, sales manager for Skretting, the world leader in the manufacture and supply of aquaculture feeds.
"Maine has a long and proud heritage for providing quality seafood to the world, and Nordic Aquafarms looks forward to becoming part of that tradition," said company CEO Erik Heim. "We are pleased to have been able to assemble this impressive panel of experts, each of whom will contribute to what I know will be a lively and informative discussion."
Heim said that he will give a brief update on the Nordic Aquafarms project and show a new video before the panel begins its discussion. Panelists will address questions posed by the moderator as well from the audience.
This is the third in a series of public information meetings hosted by Nordic Aquafarms and the City of Belfast since Nordic announced it plans for a land-based salmon farm in January.