Graduate Student Recognized as Future Leader in Fisheries

Local Nonprofit Presents Award for Dedication to Studies in Fisheries

[STONINGTON, ME, August 12, 2019] – Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF) is pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the Paul R. Lewis Internship award. Paul R. Lewis, himself, presented the award to intern, Eliza Oldach in Stonington at the MCCF headquarters.

Oldach, a University of California-Davis graduate student and Maryland native, has spent the summer working alongside MCCF’s cooperating scientist, Dr. Josh Stoll from the University of Maine to better understand how the lobster industry is adapting to herring quota cuts. She is currently studying the human dimensions of marine fisheries.

Paul Anderson, executive director of MCCF shares, “We are proud to be able to bring scientists and students to conduct their work based from our Center in Stonington, and Eliza’s time here this summer is an important example of that.”

The Paul R. Lewis Internship was established in 2015 in recognition of Lewis, a founding MCCF board member, with the firm belief that connecting fishermen’s knowledge to science and policy is an important factor in pursuing and achieving the organization’s mission. One recipient is awarded each year to support, honor, and inspire a future fisheries leader who will carry forward MCCF’s vision of fishing forever.

“I am honored to present this award and thrilled that someone as talented as Eliza has made the sustainability of fisheries and fishing communities a priority in her life. In my opinion, there’s no better way to accelerate ones intellectual growth and future ecosystem impact than by having hands-on experience at the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries,” explains Lewis.

MCCF offers a variety of industry-related internship opportunities based on the needs of the organization and available funding.

Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries is a local nonprofit organization that works to secure a diversified fishing future for the communities of Eastern Maine and beyond. We do this by developing and implementing innovative programs that provide value for today’s fishermen and drive more sustainable management approaches for future fisheries. An essential component of our work is connecting the knowledge of fishermen, the findings of scientists, and the world of policy makers. For more information, news, and events please visit

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Chelsea Kondratowicz, Administrative Assistant
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