Bucksport landbased salmon farm hires production head


US salmon RAS farmer Whole Oceans puts McElwee in charge of production

July 2, 2018

Whole Oceans, the owner of one of two land-based Atlantic salmon farms under construction in the US state of Maine, has hired Joe McElwee, a 36-year aquaculture industry veteran, to serve as its new chief production officer.

McElwee, who most recently was the head of global sales for Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, a position he held for five years, will be a “key member of our senior management and we will leverage his knowledge and wisdom toward our goal of capturing 10% of the U.S. Atlantic salmon market”, said Whole Oceans CEO Rob Piasio in a press release.

McElwee joins an expanding team at Whole Ocean, which also includes recent hires Jason Mitchell, a Yarmouth, Maine, resident recently appointed chief operating officer, and Jennifer Fortier, an Ellsworth, Maine, native who was named as outreach and development associate.

While Whole Oceans seeks to develop its recirculating aquaculture system in the Maine coastal town of Bucksport, 24 miles down the road in Belfast, Maine, Nordic Aquafarms has also been staffing up for its RAS Atlantic salmon farm.