UMaine MARINE to host event highlighting the importance of the Blue Economy to Maine

The University of Maine MARINE Initiative will host a panel of leaders in the state to define and discuss the Blue Economy in Maine. This event will be held virtually on Nov. 18, at 12:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

During the event, UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy will provide remarks.

The panel consists of stakeholders in the state, including state officials, business people and community leaders. Heather Johnson, commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic Community Development is among the panel of stakeholders. Johnson is dedicated to fostering economic development, both in private companies and in rural communities across Maine. Joining her on the panel is Curt Brown of Ready Seafood, Alex de Koning of Hollander and de Koning, and Kate Dempsey of The Nature Conservancy in Maine. 

Moderating the event is Caroline Noblet, an associate professor in the School of Economics at the University of Maine. Noblet researches the changing environmental and economic landscape of Maine.

UMaine MARINE steering committee faculty will be on hand to answer questions about how UMaine does and could further support the Blue Economy. 

Members of the public, industry and business community participants, and interested parties are encouraged to attend. This is a unique opportunity to learn and provide input on the Blue Economy in Maine. To register and receive connection information, visit the Zoom registration webpage online. Registration is required to attend the event.

Updates for this event will be posted to the event webpage. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Tammy Crosby, 207.581.1618 or

The event is sponsored by UMaine MARINE and the UMaine Alumni Association.

Contact: Tammy Crosby, 207.581.1618 or