Paul AndersonExecutive Director
Paul Anderson is the Executive Director of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. Anderson has 32 years of experience working with Maine’s marine resources, primarily in public service roles, at the intersection of science, policy, and community. Before joining Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Anderson spent 16 years as the Director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program where he oversaw commercial fisheries, aquaculture, coastal community development, ecosystem health, and coastal resiliency. He also served as the Research Network Director of the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (“SEANET”) and Director of the Aquaculture Research Network at the University of Maine. Anderson held multiple positions within the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR). During his time with the state, he led efforts to open clam flats in Eastern Maine, oversaw the construction and management of the DMR laboratory in Lamoine State Park, and served as the Director of the Public Health Division. He’s served on the board of several nonprofits, including the Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde and the Maine Fishermen’s Forum. Anderson possesses a strong ability to moderate, build, and manage highly effective teams and organizations. Anderson holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Microbiology from the University of Maine. He has worked across the state of Maine, as well as abroad, in Ireland, South Africa, Namibia, the Philippines, and China. Anderson currently resides in Winterport, Maine, where he enjoys family, gardening, and making music with his friends.