Representing the needs of aquaculture and the environment

State Extension Agents


Tessa Getchis

Connecticut Sea Grant College Program
Sea Grant Extension Program
1084 Shennecossett Rd.
Groton, CT 06340

Phone: 860-405-9104
Fax: 860-405-9109
Specialty: Shellfish and finfish



Ed Hale

Marine Advisory Specialist
Delaware Sea Grant
University of Delaware
College of Earth, Ocean and Environment
700 Pilottown Road
Lewes, DE 19958-1298

Phone: 302-645-4060

Specialty: Fisheries and shellfish aquaculture


Dennis McIntosh, Ph.D.

Professor & Extension Specialist - Aquaculture
Delaware State University
1200 N. DuPont Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901

Phone: 302-857-6456
Fax: 302-857-6402

Specialty: Aquaculture, finfish, shellfish, water quality, RAS


Leslie Sturmer

Aquaculture Extension Agent
University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service
Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program
c/o FWCC Cedar Key Field Lab
11350 Southwest 153rd Ct.
Cedar Key, FL 32625

Phone: 352-543-5057
Fax: 352-543-6958
Specialty: Shellfish culture


Thomas Bliss

Shellfish Research Laboratory Director
University of Georgia
Marine Extension Service
20 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, GA 31411

Phone: 912-598-2348 ext. 205
Fax: 912-598-2399
Specialty: Oyster aquaculture and ecology


Dana Morse

Extension Associate
Maine Sea Grant Program
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Darling Marine Center
193 Clark’s Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573

Phone: 207-563-3146 ext. 205
Fax: 207-563-3119
Specialty: Marine fisheries and shellfish aquaculture


Don Webster

Sea Grant Extension
University of Maryland
Wye Research and Education Center
P.O. Box 169
Queenstown, MD 21658

Phone: 410-827-8056
Fax: 410-827-9039


Joe Buttner

Assistant Professor and Aquaculture Program Coordinator
Northeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center and Department of Biology
Salem State College
352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970

Phone: 978-542-6703, 978-542-6824
Fax: 978-542-6863
Specialty: finfish, shellfish, water quality.


Joshua Reitsma

Marine Program Specialist
Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
P.O. Box 367
Barnstable, MA 02630-0367 
Deeds & Probate Building
3195 Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02630
Field Office-3675 Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02630

Phone: 508-375-6950
Fax: 508-362-4518



Diane Murphy

Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
Deeds & Probate Building
Railroad Avenue
P.O. Box 367
Barnstable MA 02630-0367

Phone: 508-375-6953
Fax: 508-362-4518
Specialty: Marine specialist

New Hampshire

Michael Chambers

Marine Aquaculture Specialist
University of New Hampshire
Chase Ocean Engineering Lab
24 Colovos Road
Durham, NH 03824-2500

Phone: 603-862-3394
Fax: 603-862-0107
Specialty: Open ocean aquaculture

New Jersey

Lisa M. Calvo

Rutgers University Aquaculture Program Coordinator
New Jersey Seagrant Consortium Aquaculture Program Coordinator
Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
6959 Miller Avenue
Port Norris, NJ 08349

Phone: 856-785-0074 ext. 4302
Fax: 508-362-4518

New Jersey

Douglas Zemeckis

Rutgers University
Marine Extension Agent for Ocean, Monmouth, and Atlantic Counties
New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Cooperative Extension of Ocean County
Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources
1623 Whitesville Road
Toms River, NJ 08755

Phone: 732-349-1152

New York

Gregg Rivara

Senior Extension Resource Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
3690 Cedar Beach Road
Southold, NY 11971

Phone: 631-852-8660
Fax: 631-852-8662
Specialty: shellfish, finfish aquaculture permitting/startup assistance

North Carolina

Chuck Weirich

Marine Aquaculture Specialist
NC State Center for Marine Sciences and Technology
303 College Circle
Morehead City, NC 28557

Phone: 252-222-6314
Fax: 252-222-6314

Rhode Island

Dale Leavitt

Assistant Professor 
Regional Aquaculture Extension Specialist
220 CEED
Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809-2921

Phone: 401-254-3047
Fax: 401 254-3310
Specialty: Aquaculture extension
(Note: Dr. Leavitt also covers parts of MA)

Rhode Island

Michael Rice

Dept. of Fisheries, Animal & Vet. Sciences 
Woodward Hall
Room 19
University of Rhode Island 
Kingston, RI 02881

Phone: 401-874-2943
Fax: 401-874-7575
Specialty: shellfish

South Carolina

Julie Davis

Living Marine Resources Extension Specialist
South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
102 Industrial Village Rd.
Beaufort, SC 29906

Phone: 843-255-6060 ext. 112


Karen Hudson

Shellfish Aquaculture Specialist
Sea Grant Marine Extension Program
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 1362
Gloucester Point, VA 23062

Phone 804-684-7742