BUCKSPORT — Whole Oceans announced in a press release Tuesday that Orfa Cabrera has joined the company as the hatchery manager.
Cabrera comes to Whole Oceans with over three decades of experience in the salmon industry, including more than 20 years of progressive responsibility at hatcheries in her native Chile, with responsibilities for planning, budgeting, personnel administration, equipment control and data analysis.
Cabrera has extensive experience working with recirculating aquaculture systems, which is the technology Whole Oceans intends to employ.
Cabrera’s experience includes a stint as freshwater manager at Marine Harvest Chile, a hatchery that produced 40 million fry using recirculating aquaculture systems.
“We are thrilled to bring Orfa Cabrera on the Whole Oceans team,” said Jacob Bartlett, CEO of Whole Oceans.
Cabrera holds degrees in engineering fisheries management with Maximum Distinction from Catholic University Puerto Montt City, Chile and marine technician from Catholic University, Talcahuano, Chile.
Cabrera most recently served as senior technical officer at Tassal Group Australia, which built its first RAS in Tasmania in 2009. Cabrera’s main responsibility was to contribute her extensive knowledge and experience gained in Chile to the development and improvement of raising Atlantic salmon, focusing on the areas of incubation, first feeding and smolt.