Fisheries Education Specialist, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries
Paul is the Fisheries Education Specialist at Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries and works closely with Eastern Maine Skippers Program. He holds an A.S. in Fisheries in Marine Technology from the University of Rhode Island, a B.A. in Literature and Cultural History from Goddard College, and an MFA in Creative Writing, Non-fiction, from Southern New Hampshire University. Paul has over 40 years’ experience in fisheries from fishing to fish buying to fisheries journalism. He has written for publications such as Fishermen’s Voice, Maine Boats, the New York Times and many others. Paul has also published several critically acclaimed books on fisheries, The Doryman’s Reflection: A Fisherman’s Life; Swimming in Circles: Aquaculture and the End of Wild Oceans; and A Child’s Walk in the Wilderness. He won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 2003 for a study of Salmon Farming in Maine. In 2007 he won a Guggenheim Fellowship to study sustainable fisheries in India, Chile, Iceland and several other countries. He was also a U.S. delegate to the international Sustaining Small Scale Fisheries conference in Bangkok, Thailand in 2008. His experience as a home-school parent and teacher at past EMSP cohort days has fueled his passion for connecting his fisheries knowledge and belief in sustainability with the next generation of fishermen.