Who we are
Sustainable Aquaculture Initiative (SAI) scientists bring with them over 50 years combined experience and expertise in aquaculture. We are fortunate to be based at the MBL in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world renowned center for biological research where we further benefit from the rich atmosphere of scientific inquiry
Bill Mebane is the originator and director of the Sustainable Aquaculture Initiative as well as an Associate Scientist at the MBL. He has been actively involved in the field of aquaculture for over 25 years. His first visit to Haiti in 2000 introduced him to the problems of rural mountain fish ponds; he has been working to develop and implement low resoure tilapia production techniques in Haiti ever since. At the other end of the spectrum, Bill is involved in developing sophisticated laboratory based life support systems for zebrafish and xenopus culture.
Scott Lindel is the Director of the Scientific Aquaculture program at the MBL. He has been involved with commercial and scientific aquaculture for over 30 years. Scotts’ early culturing experience with tilapia has expanded and now includes other fin fish, shellfish, seaweed and microalgae. Scott’s current research is directed toward offshore shellfish and seaweed farming.