Our Team

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 an Associate Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and is the founding director of the Sustainable Aquaculture Initiative (SAI). He spent 8 years in commercial freshwater aquaculture prior to joining the MBL as Superintendent of Aquaculture Engineering. Through 19 years in this role, Bill maintained a state of the art research facility and developed sophisticated life support systems and protocols for well over 100 unique species of freshwater and marine vertebrates and invertebrates, most notably xenopus, zebrafish, and sepia. In 2000, he made a pro bono consulting trip to assist farmers in rural Haiti implement low resource tilapia aquaculture and launched SAI shortly thereafter to continue this important line of work.


danita-300x297Dana Mock-Muñoz de Luna is a project consultant for SAI. She  holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Spanish History from Carnegie Mellon University, and is finishing  a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development from the University of London.  She brings with her 12 years of experience in the fields of education and translation.  She is fluent in Spanish and English and proficient in Haitian Creole.



Scott_Lindell2Scott Lindell is the Director of the Scientific Aquaculture program at the MBL.  He has been involved with commercial and scientific aquaculture for over 30 years.  Scott’s 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.




Rhys E. Probyn  currently serves SAI as a business consultant. He has been affiliated with SAI since 2006 and has over 5 years of experience operating and maintaining aquatic life support systems for a broad range of marine and freshwater vertebrates and invertebrates. He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Technology and Engineering and is on track to earn a Master’s in Business Administration in December 2014.