Rising to the Challenge: Whales, Wind and Waves and Commercial Fishing in Eastern Maine with Paul Anderson
July 12, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us Tuesday evening, July 12, 2022 for a free presentation by Paul Anderson, Director of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, about the work of the Center and how a collaborative and ecosystem approach to science, management and engagement can help fishing communities to be resilient to change. Current events including rules to minimize threats to the endangered Right Whale, offshore wind energy developments, expansion of aquaculture, and other climate-related stressors will be discussed.
Paul Anderson is the Executive Director of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. Anderson has 32 years of experience working with Maine’s marine resources, primarily in public service roles, at the intersection of science, policy, and community. Before joining Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Anderson spent 16 years as the Director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program where he oversaw commercial fisheries, aquaculture, coastal community development, ecosystem health, and coastal resiliency. He also served as the Research Network Director of the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (“SEANET”) and Director of the Aquaculture Research Network at the University of Maine. Anderson held multiple positions within the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR). During his time with the state, he led efforts to open clam flats in Eastern Maine, oversaw the construction and management of the DMR laboratory in Lamoine State Park, and served as the Director of the Public Health Division. He’s served on the board of several nonprofits, including the Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde and the Maine Fishermen’s Forum. Anderson holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Microbiology from the University of Maine. He has worked across the state of Maine, as well as abroad, in Ireland, South Africa, Namibia, the Philippines, and China. Anderson currently resides in Winterport, Maine, where he enjoys family, gardening, and making music with his friends.