Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Names New Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dennis Damon, Board Chair, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (207) 367-2708,

Following national search, fisheries resource organization will welcome Paul Anderson as Executive Director this fall.

STONINGTON, ME (May 17, 2017) – The Board of Directors of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF) is pleased to announce that Paul Anderson will join the nonprofit in September and fully assume executive director duties on January 1st. Anderson will succeed founding Executive Director Robin Alden, who is stepping down after 14 years at the helm of MCCF, formerly known as Penobscot East Resource Center.
Anderson is currently the Director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine where he has been for the last 16 years. The Sea Grant portfolio includes commercial fisheries, aquaculture, coastal community development, ecosystem health, and coastal resiliency. He also serves in national leadership with the Sea Grant Association, and is co-leader for the new state-bond-funded Alliance for Maine’s Marine Economy. At the University, Anderson holds two additional positions: he is Research Network Director of the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (“SEANET”), and Director of the Aquaculture Research Network.
Anderson holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in microbiology from the University of Maine and has served in numerous key positions, at the Maine Department of Marine Resources and elsewhere. He was, for a number of years, Chair of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum Board.
MCCF has received national and international recognition during the last two years for its work securing a future for Maine fishing communities. Its work is an investment in co-management of Maine’s marine resources, investing in people through education and leadership, in collaborative science and in advocacy for coastal fishermen and their communities. For more information, please contact Board Chair Dennis Damon, (207) 367-2708 or