Aquaculture Isn't Scary

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Rising Tide Brewing Company

103 Fox St

Portland, ME 04101

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Please join us for our upcoming "Aquaculture Isn't Scary" networking session, the November installment of the Entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy event series. We're incredibly excited to bring together a wonderful panel of speakers representing various sectors of the aquaculture industry for informative presentations and open discussion. Speakers will touch on the opportunities and challenges facing specific species as well as the hurdles facing the industry overall. This event is a celebration of aquaculture as an act of cultivation, restoration, and preservation.

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Heather Leslie | Director and Associate Professor at Darling Marine Center, UMaine

Dr. Heather Leslie is an international leader in marine conservation science, conducting research on the ecology, policy, and management of coastal marine ecosystems. Heather is Director of the University of Maine’s marine laboratory, Darling Marine Center, and Associate Professor of Marine Sciences in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences. She studies the drivers of ecological and social processes in marine systems, and how to more effectively connect science to policy and management. Specific research areas include coastal marine ecology; human-environment linkages, particularly those related to coastal areas; and the design and evaluation of marine management strategies.

Jaclyn Robidoux | Marine Extension Associate at Maine Sea Grant

Jaclyn is an extension associate with the Maine Sea Grant and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. As a member of the Marine Extension Team, Jaclyn focuses on the development of the seaweed sector in Maine, with an emphasis on sustainable production, post-harvest processing, and product development. Her work provides support for coastal communities through educational programming, technology transfer, and by coordinating stakeholders around Maine’s seaweed resources. Jaclyn’s background is in seaweed biology and cultivation of nori species for aquaculture production. This applied research experience helps Jaclyn link science with industry opportunities and capacity, to foster robust and sustainable working waterfronts along Maine’s coast.

Dan Devereaux | Partner at Mere Point Oyster Company

Farming is not new to Dan. He grew up in Midwest farm country before making his way to Maine in 1989 in the United States Navy. Farming oysters with his two adult sons is allowing him to carry on his deep-rooted farming heritage. He retired in 2017 after 24 years of service as the Brunswick Shellfish Officer and Harbormaster. He continues his public service as the Coastal Resource Manager in Brunswick. Dan can be found reseeding & evaluating local shellfish growing areas, collecting water quality, and assisting with environmental mitigation efforts along the 61 miles of coastline in Brunswick. He is a strong advocate for climate adaptation strategies. When Dan isn’t working you can find him tending his garden or spending time with his two dogs, Bo & Luke.

Brian Beal | Director of Research at Downeast Institute

Dr. Brian Beal is a professor of marine ecology at the University of Maine at Machias and Director of Research at the Downeast Institute. Dr. Beal is regarded as the world’s expert on soft-shell clams. Dr. Beal was instrumental in establishing Maine’s first lobster hatchery in the town of Cutler in 1986. He worked with clammers and shellfish committees in six Washington County towns to create Maine’s first public clam hatchery in 1987, an organization which became the Downeast Institute in 2000. A native of Jonesport, Dr. Beal holds a Ph.D. in Marine Bio-Resources from the University of Maine. He was named Teacher of the Year (2000) and Trustee Professor (2004) at UMM. He received a Fulbright scholarship, and taught and conducted research at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he worked with fishermen and other researchers on ocean-based nurseries for juvenile cultured European lobsters.

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University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center
Startup Maine
Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
Rising Tide Brewing Company
New England Ocean Cluster

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About the “Entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy” Series

The monthly “Entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy” series was created to share the stories of innovative ocean-focused ventures in Maine with a diverse but like-minded audience. Each gathering features a semi-structured presentation or discussion led by blue economy entrepreneurs and local business leaders who have an engaging connection to the ocean and its resources.

As is true with business incubation in general, this series endeavors to give both budding and established businesspeople a platform to share their story, an opportunity to cite particular areas of need, and an environment to connect with a supportive and engaged audience. Each meeting will vary in size and location, but all will weave together elements of experiential learning, open discussion, and professional networking into a dynamic 2-hour session. With this series, the New England Ocean Cluster and its event collaborators, Maine Center Ventures and Startup Maine, are seeking to initiate a productive dialog amongst participants that is inclusive, capable of accelerating growth, and fostering of strong relationships.

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Portland, ME 04101

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