Nick is the Marine Programs Director at the Island Institute, where he spends his days helping fishermen and coastal communities understand emerging issues. Most recently he has been working on understanding the impacts changing ocean conditions will have on fishing communities; including fishermen and coastal communities in ocean planning; helping fishermen diversify their income by starting shellfish or seaweed aquaculture businesses; and leading statewide discussions about ocean acidification. He spent 3 years working for Congresswoman Pingree, advising her on natural resource, working waterfront, and coastal policy issues. He has been a MITA member since 1996 and has paddled much of the Trail, including a 20 day trip in 2008 from Lincolnville to Machias. He is a native Mainer, registered Maine Guide, graduate of Colby College, and has a Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and a JD from Roger Williams University. He and his wife Meredith live in Camden and enjoy sailing in Penobscot Bay and kayaking to MITA islands.