Sea Hag Seafood to open Aug. 20
St. George — Kyle Murdock, a 23-year-old entrepreneur from St. George, is preparing to open Sea Hag Seafood — a lobster processing plant located at the former Great Eastern Mussel site — Monday, Aug. 20.
Sea Hag Seafood will be the fourth lobster processing plant in the state. Murdock said he planned to begin operating the plant earlier this season and that tensions surrounding the Canadian and Maine lobster fishery did not push him to open next week.
He said the Maine lobster industry's situation is "fortuitous" for the business. Murdock said he does not plan to process Canadian lobster.
The town of St. George applied for a Community Development Block Grant on behalf of Murdock in April. The agreement was that if Murdock was able to provide a certain amount of jobs, he would receive federal grant money to help fund the operation. Murdock said he has been "back and forth" with the state working out extra materials the state requested. He expects a decision will be made soon.
Murdock has hired 15 people and is looking to hire an additional 15 employees. With the additional CDBG money, he said more people could be employed. The starting wage is $8 per hour.
The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development decides if agreements have been met. The process is supervised and approved by the St. George Select Board and ensures the town is not liable to repay funds if the project fails.
Murdock, originally from Monhegan Island, left school at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he studied physics and differential math, to formulate a business plan. He has been constructing the plan for two years. His parents, Winnie and John Murdock, are co-directors of Sea Hag Seafood, which garners its name from John Murdock’s lobsterboat.
Crews will be brought in this week for orientation and training in preparation for Monday.
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at Jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.