BUCKSPORT — Whole Oceans, the company planning to build a salmon farm on the former Verso mill site, announced Monday that Joe McElwee has joined the company as chief production officer.
McElwee, an Ireland native, has 36 years of experience across the entire aquaculture industry, including more than 20 years in the design and operation of land-based systems.
“Joe McElwee has been farming fish for over 36 years,” said Whole Oceans Chief Executive Officer Rob Piasio. “His knowledge of the technical design and operation of RAS facilities is unparalleled. He is a key member of our senior management and we will leverage his knowledge and wisdom toward our goal of capturing 10 percent of the U.S. Atlantic salmon market. We are thrilled to have Joe on the Whole Oceans team.”
Most recently, McElwee was global head of sales for Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, managing all global sales and advising on the design, installation and service of land-based systems.
“The aquaculture industry is expanding and developing rapidly, and now is the perfect time for land-based aquaculture in the USA,” McElwee said. “To have the opportunity to bring my knowledge of the technology, growing experience and business to Whole Oceans, one of the premier land-based developments in the United States, is very exciting.”
McElwee added, “The location Whole Oceans selected in Bucksport is perfect for the markets, with top-quality water and excellent local community support.”
McElwee received a master’s in business administration from Open University in Ireland and holds a diploma and certification in aquaculture from Galway Institute of Technology.
McElwee joins an expanding Whole Oceans team, which includes recent hires Jason Mitchell, a Yarmouth resident, as chief operating officer, and Jennifer Fortier, an Ellsworth native, as outreach and development associate.