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LaValley to Lead N.H. Sea Grant Extension, Water Resources & Community Development

June 22, 2011

Ken LaValley has been named the new associate director and program leader for N.H. Sea Grant Extension and Sea Grant Extension, Water Resources and Community Development. He begins his duties July 1. The position is funded 100 percent through the N.H. Sea Grant Program.

LaValley has served as the assistant director, NH Sea Grant Extension, and Fisheries and Aquaculture specialist for UNH Cooperative Extension. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from UNH, a master’s in fisheries, animal and veterinary science and a Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of Rhode Island.

Prior to coming to UNH in December 2004, LaValley was the director of research and development at Spinney Creek Shellfish in Eliot, Maine. He was recently awarded a UNH Presidential Award of Excellence.

LaValley is an accomplished fisheries and aquaculture specialist, known for his ability to bring in grants to meet the needs of his clientele. He has implemented numerous initiatives including the N.H. Fresh and Local Seafood campaign, Safety At Sea program, Marine Debris to Energy program, and efforts to reduce unwanted “by-catch” by introducing new, UNH-researched net gear to our local shrimp fishermen.

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