Maine Sea Grant Welcomes Maine Aquaculture Hub Coordinator

May 5, 2020 – Maine Sea Grant is pleased to announce Heather Sadusky has joined our Marine Extension Team as the Maine Aquaculture Hub Coordinator. The Hub is a collaboration formed with leadership from Maine Sea Grant to help the aquaculture industry in the state overcome barriers to growth and to support industry innovation.

Sadusky will be working with Hub partners to expand training in response to workforce needs, support the development of a 10-year roadmap for Aquaculture in Maine, and evaluate Hub impacts. She will also help coordinate partner efforts and support the Hub Steering Committee.

“I’m excited to be part of the Maine Sea Grant team and in a position that gives me the opportunity to be at the forefront of sustainable aquaculture in the United States,” said Sadusky. “Maine already has a world-renowned seafood industry, and I’m looking forward to partnering with all of our marine stakeholders to expand aquaculture’s role in providing healthy, sustainable, local food.”

Sadusky comes to Maine Sea Grant and the Maine Aquaculture Hub with a background in aquaculture, global seafood supply chains, sustainable fisheries management, conservation, and communications. She earned a Masters of Professional Science at the University of Miami, focusing in Marine Ecosystems and Society, and a Bachelor’s of Science at Florida State University. After graduate school, she worked for the Billfish Foundation and the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Florida. Most recently, Sadusky has gained international aquaculture perspectives during her work with a Chilean salmon producer and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture.

“We are thrilled to bring a new Marine Extension member with a diverse background and experiences in aquaculture and fisheries onto our team,” said Maine Sea Grant Director Gayle Zydlewski. “Heather Sadusky will bring a unique skill set and deep interest in aquaculture to the Maine Aquaculture Hub to benefit our coastal communities widely and advance the aquaculture industry in a sustainable manner.”