St. George lobster processor receives national acclaim
Augusta — Kyle Murdock, founder and owner of Sea Hag Seafood, a lobster processing operation in St. George, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs award for his innovation in small business.
The award is a national recognition, including a $40,000 grant and access to high-level peer advisory network through the Foundation, and its partner organizations Investors' Circle and B Lab.
"I commend Mr. Murdock for bringing much-needed jobs to a community in need, especially since he has done so in a way that promotes sustainability of the fishery," said Gov. Paul R. LePage in a news release. "I congratulate him for receiving this tremendous recognition and thank him and his employees for the outstanding contributions they make each day to Maine and its economy."
Murdock runs Sea Hag Seafood within the territory of Governor's Account Executive Jaimie Logan, who worked closely with him during crucial growth periods in his business.
"What Kyle's achieved with Sea Hag Seafood is really a testament to will power," said Logan. "He went far out of his way to envision, create, establish and sustain a company that can thrive in an increasingly competitive business environment — which is one he's had to adapt to as it changed."
Sea Hag Seafood was started after the lobster price crash in 2008. When the processing of lobster became a cumbersome process to complete in Canada, Murdock realized an opportunity for business to boom in Maine, and left Worcester Polytechnic Institute at the age of 21 to start the company.