Community Critique of American Aquafarms Proposal
May 17, 2022
In the second of two presentations, spokespersons from Friends of Acadia, Frenchman Bay United, and Acadia National Park will combine their voices and expertise to express their collective and significant concerns regarding the fish factory in Frenchman Bay proposed by American Aquafarms.
Despite the recent decision by the state to terminate American Aquafarms' application, the presentation is an opportunity to further understand the concerns surrounding the project and potential future developments.
Stephanie Clement is the Interim President / CEO and Conservation Director for Friends of Acadia. Stephanie has served as Conservation Director for Friends of Acadia since 1997. She oversees all of Friends of Acadia’s programs, with primary responsibility for advocacy, transportation, and resource management issues. Stephanie is also the primary contact with park staff for many Friends of Acadia’s policy initiatives and serves as the principal liaison with community officials. She is a part of the FOA Management Team and works with the Acadia Experience Task Force, Wild Gardens of Acadia Volunteers, Advocacy Committee, and the Wild Acadia Committee.
Ted O’Meara is a board member of Frenchman Bay United, a coalition of groups and individuals from around Frenchman Bay and across the state who have come together in opposition American Aquafarms proposed industrial salmon farm. O’Meara has several decades of experience in government, politics, and business, Ted O’Meara provides clients with strategic advice and direct assistance on a wide range of communications issues including media, community and stakeholder relations, and crisis communications. Prior to establishing his own firm, Ted served as the managing principal for public affairs at a Portland-based advertising and public relations agency. He previously served as managing director and CEO of the former public affairs affiliate of one of Maine’s largest law firms. Ted also was director of corporate communications for a Maine-based media holding company that owned three daily newspapers in Maine and television stations in six states, and later became director of marketing and communications for its successor company.
Kevin Schneider is the superintendent of Acadia National Park and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, a position he has held since January 2016. Before his current post at Acadia, Kevin was the deputy superintendent at Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, in Wyoming, and the superintendent of White Sands National Park from 2008 to 2011. He worked at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area as management assistant and at Yellowstone National Park as a park planner and in science communication. Kevin also worked from 1998-2000 in the Office of Communications at the National Park Service’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. He began his National Park Service career maintaining backcountry trails at Rocky Mountain National Park.
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