Chris has served as Executive Director of the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, since 2004. His responsibilities include conducting aquaculture research, overseeing ongoing research projects funded by the Center, conducting outreach and education activities, providing support services for the aquaculture business incubators in partnership with the University of Maine and serving as Conference Manager for the Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Exposition. Davis currently or has past served as a board member of the Maine Technology Institute, Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board, Maine Aquaculture Association, Maine Department of Marine Resources Aquaculture Advisory Council and president of the National Shellfisheries Association.


Anne is an aquaculture researcher and project manager, an oyster and seaweed farmer, and a marine educator based in Orland, Maine.  Her career in aquaculture began in Scotland in 1995 at the Scottish Office Fisheries Research Service marine laboratory in Aberdeen, and from there led to work-related aquaculture adventures in Norway, Ireland, and elsewhere in Scotland.  Anne moved from Scotland to Maine in 2011 and was the inaugural Associate Director of the Aquaculture Research Institute at the University of Maine.  Anne joined the MAIC in 2020 as project manager.


A recent graduate of the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences in marine biology, Sydney joined MAIC in 2020 and serves as a Special Projects Assistant focusing on improving hatchery culture methods for sea scallops.


Emily Whitmore joined the MAIC in 2022 focusing on developing tools that aquaculture farmers can use in achieving the social license to operate. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Emily received her bachelor’s degree at the University of New England in 2010 and continues to live in Maine where she owns and operates a three season organic vegetable farm.

Board of Directors

MAIC’s Board of Directors is currently composed of eleven representatives from industry (finfish, shellfish, algae), the research community and the management/policy sector.

BRIAN F. BEAL, Ph.D., University of Maine at Machias, Machias

SEBASTIAN BELLE, Maine Aquaculture Association, Gardner

DEBORAH BOUCHARD, Ph.D., University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute, Orono

DAMIAN BRADY, Ph.D., University of Maine School of Marine Sciences, Walpole

GEF FLIMLIN, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University Cooperative Extension, Belfast

GREG LAMBERT, Cooke Aquaculture, Oquossoc

MARCY NELSON, Kennebec River Biosciences, Gardner

CARTER NEWELL, Ph.D., Pemaquid Mussel Farms, LLC and Pemaquid Oyster Co. Inc., Bucksport

SARA RADAMAKER, American Unagi, Waldoboro

BRIANA WARNER, Atlantic Sea Farms, Biddeford