Instructors Hero
Lobster Academy instructors are professionals who have devoted their lives to the lobster industry and promote responsible and sustainable fishing practices. These instructors offer the very latest in their varying areas of expertise and offer an ongoing resource for years to come. You will gain a new perspective on effective buying strategies that will enable you to make a positive impact on your organization and overall seafood strategy.

Academic Dean/ Executive Director
Lobster Institute

Dr. Bayer has been involved in lobster research for over 20 years and since 1995 has been Executive Director of the Lobster Institute, located on the campus of the University of Maine. His primary interests are in the areas of lobster nutrition, management and pathology. He obtained his B.S. in 1966 and his M.S. in 1968 from the University of Vermont, and his Ph.D. in 1972 from Michigan State University.

In addition to his work with the Lobster Institute, Dr. Bayer is currently a Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Maine. He has also served as an adjunct professor in Food Sciences and in 1979 was a visiting scientist at the Institute of Marine Biochemistry in Aberdeen, Scotland. He has taught courses ranging from Endocrinology, Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology, to marine Resources and Aquaculture.

Dr. Bayer has provided outreach services to lobster-related businesses - including pound owners, processors, and distributors, received the University of Maine's Presidential Public Service Award in 1988, and became executive director of the Lobster Institute in 1995. In addition he was a primary consultant to the Long Island Sound lobstermen following the catastrophic die-off of lobster stocks there in 1999 and he initiated the Lobster Institute's annual Canadian/U.S. Lobstermen's Town Meeting in 2004.

Head of the Lobster Section
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Michel Comeau is the head of the lobster section of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Michel is responsible for lobster assessment and research projects in the southwestern Gulf of St. Lawrence. A good deal of Michel's experience in the seafood industry has been guiding fishery managers through conservation measures for the sustainability of the lobster industry. Michel for the past twenty-seven years has been involved with lobster research and stock assessments. His field of research is growth, maturity, movement, and population dynamics. Michel was also involved with snow crab research projects (growth, maturity, and population dynamics) for 10 years.

Gardner Pinfold Consulting

Michael is President of Gardner Pinfold Consulting, and holds degrees in law and economics. He specializes in the economics of natural resource exploitation and management, with a focus on marine resources. His consultancy career spans almost 30 years during which time he has produced studies covering virtually every aspect of fishing industry policy, structure, operations, markets, and management for most fisheries in Atlantic Canada. Michael has provided high-level fisheries advice on two maritime boundary disputes – Gulf of Maine and St. Pierre-et-Miquelon – and also prepared background reports for fisheries task forces – the Kirby Task Force on Atlantic Fisheries in 1982 and Cashin Task Force on Incomes and Adjustment in 1993. In 2005, Michael served as Chair of a Minister's Panel to resolve access and allocation issues in the Eastern Scotian Shelf snowcrab fishery.

Among his recent assignments are comprehensive reports on the shrimp, crab and lobster industries in Atlantic Canada, examining resource conditions, regulatory issues, competition and economic performance of both the fishing and processing sectors. Early in 2009, Michael completed a major national study on the economic impact of marine activities in Canada. In addition to his consulting practice, Michael has lectured extensively in resource management issues, offering courses in law, economics, and environmental economics at Dalhousie University and the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden.
902-421-1720 Ext.14

Executive Director
Lobster Council of Canada

Geoff Irvine is the executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada in Halifax Nova Scotia. Geoff, who less than a year ago joined the Lobster Council of Canada, is responsible for all operations which include planning, board management, committee management, financial management, marketing and promotions, project development and fulfilling the mandate of the Council. Geoff started his career working in sales/service with an industry leader in live lobster sales and distribution and has fifteen years of experience that includes international sales of finished products (live and frozen), on-board inspections of product, international trading of raw materials (salted and frozen) and overall management of a trading company. Geoff is looking forward to learning more about the quality, price and availability concerns of the lobster industries' customers and how they view Canadian lobster amongst all the other seafood products available today.
902 423 1155 (o)

Director of Research
New England Aquarium

Michael oversees aquaculture themed research on American lobsters and ornamental fish. Work to create standards for more sustainable aquaculture, and in past have modeled environmental effects of aquaculture. With 10 years experience as senior team member on SustainableSeafood Advisory Services group at NEAQ, their role is to advise large businesses on how to purchase more environmentally friendly seafood. His research on lobster started when he came to the New England Aquarium a decade ago. Michael's experience with lobsters is first with individuals as research animals, then as a fishable population. Because he was raised outside of Chicago, lobster was not a cultural icon. This view has allowed him to conduct ground-breaking research on lobster physiology, as well as the interaction of nutrition, environment, and disease.
617-973-6715 (o)

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