Patrick ShepardCollaborative Research Specialist
Patrick Shepard brings extensive experience in local fisheries as MCCF’s Collaborative Research Specialist. Pat grew up in a commercial fishing family in Stonington and went into business with his brother as fifth generation fishermen when they were still in elementary school. He gained a B.S. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island where his undergraduate studies earned him a Coastal Fellowship working to restore shellfish beds in Rhode Island’s salt ponds. Pat served as a federal fisheries observer in both the northeast scallop and groundfish fleets and worked as a GIS technician for DeLorme Publishing prior to joining MCCF. He now coordinates the research program for groundfish, working closely with various fishermen and scientific partners to collect information about recovering Atlantic cod from Penobscot Bay to the Canadian border. Pat also serves as the creative director for Discovery Wharf, MCCF’s public education space featuring interactive exhibits that teach visitors about eastern Maine’s fisheries.