Megan James Sorby
Megan James Sorby has over ten years of experience across a wide spectrum of the aquaculture industry. She has managed and consulted with many companies and groups across North America and is excited to be working with Aquaculture Insurance Exchange.
She earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science in marine science and biology, focusing in axenic storage of gametes and broodstock husbandry in aquaculture. Megan went on to complete a Master's degree in Sustainable Aquaculture at the University of Stirling; her dissertation was geared toward industry questions on the immune response in diploid and triploid smolting salmon.
Initially, Megan spent time working in the non-profit sector back in the U.S.; her program focused on aquaculture of fin fish for restocking, collaborating with both industry and state facilities as well as the local fishing community. Moving to the commercial aquaculture sector, Megan developed specific strengths in culture of marine species and commercialization of new species. She has great passion for broodstock development and early larval phases, maintaining that the best part of her days is working directly with the fish. She has won awards for her work, which she attributes to her 'obsession' with aquatic life. In fact, when not working with hatcheries and farms, she loves to throw a lure in any body of water she can find.
While having extensive hands-on experience in rearing finfish and invertebrates, Megan has also authored feasibility studies and compiled budgets for several projects as well as designed systems. Most projects have been recirculating systems, maximizing water use and treatment efficiency while allowing for optimal control of rearing parameters for the stock. Her experience ranges from collaboration with small, family owned and operated production facilities up to one of the largest land based recirculating facilities in the world. When she isn't with the fish, she is plumbing up her next culture solution.
Megan has spent a great deal of time consulting and is always pushing for measured improvements to rearing protocols and parameters, work efficiency, but also minimized farm risk. This interest brought her to AIE, where she strives to make an impact by finding solutions to help the industry grow through risk management and protection of facilities and stocks. Megan enjoys the various projects she has been exposed to through this work and insists that she may have found another favorite part of her day: talking with farmers and working up solutions together.
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