On Wednesday, Maine-based aquaculture company, American Aquafarms, announced that 30-year industry veteran Keith Decker will join the company as chief executive officer.
Decker has extensive experience in seafood production and processing, with particular experience guiding and directing fast-paced organizations through substantial change and development. He is currently CEO of Blue Harvest Fisheries, which he joined in 2018 as the firm moved from start-up to growth phase.
Today, Blue Harvest is the largest groundfish fishing and processing company on the US East Coast. Decker will remain in his role at Blue Harvest during the search for a successor and will continue to be a board member and investor in the firm.
Mikael Roenes, founder of American Aquafarms, said, “Keith has the right resume, experience and New England know-how to move American Aquafarms into the next generation of Maine’s maritime traditions.”
“I’m confident that Keith will collaborate with industry experts while recruiting the workforce we need to fill the year-round, high-quality jobs we’re creating.”
American Aquafarms has filed two draft lease applications with the Department of Marine Resources to begin development of a closed-pen, ocean-based salmon operation. The company plans on establishing a hatchery, fish farm facilities and a state-of-the art processing plant in coastal Maine.