Island Institute hires new marine programs director

Posted Oct. 10, 2011, at 6:24 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Island Institute announced that Nick Battista has joined the organization as the new marine programs director. He will be responsible for the development and implementation of a range of marine programs designed to respond to coastal and island community priorities as they evolve over time. He will track national and global trends in ocean and fishing community sustainability, and bring relevant ideas into dialogue locally.

Battista will oversee three staff positions at the institute focused on working waterfront preservation, marketing and branding of ethically harvested seafood, groundfish permit banking, and building capacity at the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, the Midcoast Fishermen’s Association in Port Clyde and Calendar Island Lobster Co. in Casco Bay. Other aspects of his work will focus on offshore energy siting and marine spatial planning. He will work closely with the institute’s policy director on shaping relevant state and federal fisheries policy developments.

A native Mainer and graduate of Colby College, Battista also holds a law degree from the Roger Williams University of Law in Bristol, R.I., and a master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston. He most recently served as legislative aide and field representative for marine, natural resources, energy, environment and taxes for U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree.

Battista said he is looking forward to applying the experience he has gained over the past several years of working on these policy issues in Washington and Maine to his new role at the Institute. “I firmly believe that sustainable coastal communities need a healthy fisheries resource as well as strong business models with innovative approaches to marketing. Solutions to our complex coastal policy issues require working with the key stakeholders, listening to concerns, and finding areas of common ground. I look forward to continuing to work towards making coastal Maine a better place,” he said.

For more information about the Island Institute’s marine programs, visit http://www.islandinstitute.org/marine_services.

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