About Maine Seafood Alliance
In the fall of 2005 a group of folks involved in the shellfish industry Down East decided it was time that the hard working Mainers who are involved in the harvesting, processing and selling of shellfish and seafood from the waters of the State needed a strong voice in determining the well being and future of this most important segment of our heritage and economy. After several meetings, the Maine Seafood Alliance was incorporated on March 2, 2006.
Goals of the Alliance
The organization has been designed to serve all aspects of the shellfish industry and provide representation for the entire Maine coast. The goals of the Maine Seafood Alliance are:
- Certified Seafood Dealers and Processors
- Non-Certified Dealers
- Individual Harvesters
- Contributing Members or Affiliate Groups
- Associate Members - Other businesses, organizations, or individuals
MSA has regular contact the Department of Marine Resources to discuss concerns and issues of concern. MSA board members sit on the DMR Advisory Council and the Shellfish Advisory Council. The organization monitors activity in the Maine Legislature that may have an effect on the industry, and provides input to the Marine Resource Committee as it reviews legislation.
Maine Seafood Alliance Meetings
Maine Seafood Alliance directors meet as needed to conduct the business of the corporation. An annual meeting of the Corporation is also held.
MSA Officers and Board Members
A board of Directors is elected from membership at the annual meeting.
- President: James Markos - Maine Shellfish, Ellsworth
- Vice-President: Dan Rogde - Atlantic Shellfish, Jonesport
- Secretary: Virginia Olsen - Oceanville Seafood, Stonington
- Treasurer: Randy Ramsdell - Machias Bay Seafood, East Machias
- Board Member: Albert Carver - AC Carver, Beals
- Board Member: Tom Howell - Spinney Creek Shellfish, Inc.
- Board Member: Rebecca Beal - Beal's Lobster Co.
- Board Member: Lori Howell - Spinney Creek Shellfish, Inc.