PORTLAND, Maine – July 7, 2020 – Bristol Seafood announced today it opened an office at the New England Ocean Cluster (NEOC) in Portland, Maine, and provided a founding sponsorship to create Inclusion in the Blue Economy, a new program to support under-represented blue economy entrepreneurs.

This new program supports entrepreneurs by providing dedicated workspace at the New England Ocean Cluster House as well as mentorship opportunities. It is principally focused on women, people of color, and individuals from non-marine industries who are passionate about building responsible marine-related businesses. To learn more about this program, or to apply for one of the three seats, visit https://www.newenglandoceancluster.com/inclusion-in-the-blue-economy

“Our presence at the New England Ocean Cluster and our sponsorship to support under- represented entrepreneurs aligns with our mission to make seafood America’s favorite protein.” noted Peter Handy, President & CEO at Bristol, “Innovation and inclusion are two essential parts of our culture, and our office at the New England Ocean Cluster and founding sponsorship of Inclusion in the Blue Economy reflect that.”

The NEOC was founded on the beliefs of innovation and collaboration in partnership with the Icelandic Ocean Cluster headquartered in Reykjavik. Its goal is to connect people within the ocean economy by encouraging innovative and sustainable products and business practices.
“Bristol Seafood has been part of the NEOC since its inception in 2015. Its focus on sustainability, innovation, and growth of the local seafood economy are fundamental for the success of the Blue Economy in New England” noted Patrick Arnold, NEOC’s Founder and President, “I look forward to fostering a space where they and others can continue this important work.”

About Bristol Seafood
Bristol Seafood is on a mission to make seafood America’s favorite protein. Since its founding in 1992 on the waterfront in Portland, Maine, the company built a nationwide following for its steadfast adherence to its Uncompromising Maine Standards. Bristol is committed to sustainable business practices and is the first seafood company to earn a Fair Trade certification for seafood harvested in US waters. Its state-of-the-art facility is certified by GFSI for food safety, MSC for sustainability, and Fair Trade for social welfare. Bristol specializes in dry scallops, wild-caught Norwegian haddock, wild-caught cod, and ready to cook seafood for the retail market under the My Fish Dish brand. See more at www.bristolseafood.com, or contact Iréne Moon VP – Marketing irenem@bristolseafood.com and 207-318-3183

About New England Ocean Cluster
The New England Ocean Cluster connects the ocean-minded to ensure opportunity is pursued economically, inclusively, and sustainably. Since its founding in 2015, the NEOC has leveraged its global network to launch startups, help entrepreneurs grow, while supporting the creation of university programs across the North Atlantic. In June of 2020, it officially opened its first collaborative workspace on Portland, Maine’s working waterfront, featuring 20 glass-front offices, a 14-seat incubator, premium meeting spaces, and robust tele-connectivity. The Hús, (Icelandic for House), now serves as a community platform and home to blue economy leadership in their pursuit of prosperous opportunities. To learn more please visit www.newenglandoceancluster.com or contact info@newenglandoceancluster.com

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