Mook Sea Farm
Finalist, Seafood Champion Awards Advocacy Category
Although ocean acidification is often seen as a Pacific Northwest issue, Bill Mook is an East Coast leader who is modeling how shellfish growers everywhere can address this threat. He has generated thoughtful public discussions on practical solutions to ocean acidification.
Bill has owned Mook Sea Farm, located on the Damariscotta River in Maine, for over 30 years. This oyster farm and hatchery supplies seed for East Coast shellfish growers.
Bill’s crusade to educate stakeholders about the effects of ocean acidification was launched after he discovered a troubling link between productivity losses and precipitation events at his farm. He educated himself on coastal acidification and became a resource for other shellfish hatchery and farm operators in the U.S. and abroad.
Bill regularly shares his expertise with other shellfish growers and governing bodies at home and abroad. As part of the Maine Ocean Acidification Commission, in 2014 Bill advised the legislature and governor on how to protect state seafood resources from acidification losses. Since then he has testified before Congress, spoken to shellfish growers in France, and appeared at gatherings across the U.S.
Through his advocacy, Bill has demonstrated how concerned fishermen, shellfish growers, and members of the public can engage to drive forward research and action on ocean acidification and other environmental changes where the science is unclear but impacts could be widespread. Bill’s involvement is leading his industry colleagues down a path to future-proof their industries by addressing ocean acidification and other environmental change using bottom-up community organizing approaches.