Mick’s Biography

Mick Devin is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and has an MS degree in Marine Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology where he did extensive deep sea work in manned submersibles.  He sits on the Sea Urchin Zone Council for the Maine Department of Marine Resources and is a member of the Acquaculture and Marine Technical Board at the Maine Technology Institute.  He founded Acadia Seafood International, Inc., a research and development company that was headquartered in Walpole.

From 1984-1992, Devin was a Naval Officer posted both in the US and abroad.  He was stationed aboard the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) in the Engineering and Operations Departments, at the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and with the Royal Australian Navy.  He also served aboard the USS Iowa (BB-61) and Richard L. Page (FFG-5).  He now serves in the Naval Reserves at the rank of Commander.

As a researcher, Devin has investigated the culture and ecology of marine animals and plants.   Current projects include the development of commercial scale sea urchins aquaculture, whelk culture, and policy creation of alternative options for fisheries management.   Devin has received fellowships from the Maine Department of Maine Resources Marine Studies Program; the prestigious Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (NOAA Sea Grant);  and the Japanese Science and Technology Program Exchange Researcher Program.  He is widely published in scientific journals.

When not studying creatures at the bottom of the ocean, Mick Devin lives with his family on Academy Hill Road in Newcastle where he and his wife, Laura, who is a teacher at Woolwich Central School and an artist, are avid and expert gardeners.  They have two sons, Coorain, a student at Tufts University and Chauncey a student at Lincoln Academy. Devin is President of Midcoast Babe Ruth; he coaches both youth and young adult baseball.  He also is a Blue & Gold Officer in the Admissions Department of the United States Naval Academy and he advises and mentors local students ages 13-18 on applying to the Naval Academy as well as other service academies including Maine Maritime.