The Steering Committee oversees the roadmap initiative and members are responsible for monitoring the high-level strategy while driving the goals of this effort. The focus of the committee is to coordinate the subcommittee efforts and inform overall strategy.

Project Goals

The goals of SEA Maine are to create growth and resiliency in Maine’s seafood economy by:

  • Providing support to sustain Maine’s existing marine resource businesses.
  • Supporting Maine’s coastal communities through the preservation and improvements of our working waterfronts.
  • Increasing the amount and value of marine living resources originating from Maine’s coastal waters in a way that minimizes the carbon footprint of the marine resource sector, increases competitiveness of Maine businesses, and maximizes resiliency and diversification.

Steering Committee Tasks and Action Items:

The Steering Committee:

  • Oversees the roadmap initiative, providing oversight for the development and implementation of a strategic, action-oriented plan for the MLR economy
  • Coordinates and monitors the progress of subcommittee efforts
  • Leverages connections to support information gathering and collectively analyze data and integrate subcommittee reports to make recommendations for implementation.

The Steering Committee is responsible for holding the big picture and driving goals.

Longer Term

SEA Maine’s reports, results, and network will be much longer lasting than the duration of the initial 3-year EDA grant. The final roadmap contains potential projects to support the development of a more resilient seafood economy, bolstering the resiliency of Maine’s coast and beyond. The industry network and ties will facilitate implementation of those projects along with shared solutions, information, and partnerships.

Steering Committee Members

Curt Brown – Co-Chair
Ready Seafood

Sara Rademaker – Co-Chair
American Unagi

Andrea Maker – Co-applicant

Brian Whitney – Co-applicant
Maine Technology Institute

Merritt Carey

George Seaver
Ocean Organics

Andrew Lively
Cooke Seafood 2021 – 2023
Ocean Perfect 2023

Liz Johndrow
Atlantic Sea Farms

Dianne Tilton
Downeast Institute

Holly Parker
Bowdoin College

Paul Anderson 
Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (retired)

Christian Brayden 
Maine Aquaculture Association

Sebastian Belle
Maine Aquaculture Association

Ben Martens
Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association

Annie Tselikis
Maine Lobster Dealer’s Association

Peter DelGreco
Maine & Co.

Jonathan Labaree
Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Meredith Mendelson
Maine Dept. of Marine Resources

Charlotte Mace
Maine Dept. Economic & Community Development

Chris Davis
Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center

Jake Ward
University of Maine

Keri Kaczor
Maine Sea Grant

Anne Langston Noll 
Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center

James Beaupré 
University of Maine

Leo Waterston 


Maine State Delegation:

Adam Lachman – Senator King

Chris Rector – Senator King (retired)

Scott Wilkinson – Senator King

Christina Breen – Senator King

Halsey Frank – Senator Collins

Carol Woodcock – Senator Collins

Jeanne Christie – Rep. Pingree

Zachary Schmesser – Rep. Golden