New Opportunities & Emerging Technologies


The subcommittee targets emerging technologies, research, and innovation on the forefront of the marine economy that will increase commercialization, improve efficiency, support business development, and help create quality jobs. The focus is on domestic and global trends in technology and new uses of all aspects of the seafood supply chain. The goal is to bring forward technologies and innovations that match with market opportunities and to develop strategies to attract investment in new technologies in the sector. The subcommittee will also examine Maine’s vulnerabilities to economic or environmental “shocks” and identify strategies to prepare and respond to short- and long-term disruptions, enabling greater resiliency in the marine economy.

New Opportunities


To ensure that Maine has access to the best technologies and innovation, enabling Maine’s marine resource economy to attract investment and capitalize on opportunities to sustain, diversify, and grow the seafood sector.

Areas of interest include:

  • Residual management/maximization: waste related to production/harvesting; processing/value added/ biotechnology (bioactive compounds that can be extracted from marine organisms); packaging.
  • New products & species: equipment; gear; facilities; increase of health and safety of workforce/workplace
  • Operations & supply chain: software (for direct sales); logistics/transportation
  • Industry threats/opportunities and mitigation: vulnerabilities to environmental and economic shocks



Jake Ward – Co-Chair
James Beaupré – Co-Chair
University of Maine

Ashley Pringle
Maine & Co.

Chris Davis
Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center

Debbie Bouchard
Aquaculture Research Center

Dianne Tilton
Downeast Institute

Jared Wildwistle
Gulf of Maine Research Institute

George Seaver
Ocean Organics

Curt Brown
Ready Seafood

Sebastian Belle
Maine Aquaculture Association

Patrick Arnold
New England Ocean Cluster

Susie Arnold
Island Institute