Executive Profile
Tuesday, June 29, 1999

Bullet Name: Valerie Harmon
Bullet Age: 33
Bullet Position: Hatchery manager, Kona Bay Oyster & Shrimp
Bullet First job: Paper route, Pennsylvania
Bullet Favorite pastimes: Hiking, snorkeling

Hatching a job at
Kona Bay Oyster

Aquaculture scientist Valerie Harmon will manage the hatchery facilities at the Kona Bay Oyster & Shrimp Co.

The company is installing a $65,000 production system at Keahole which it hopes will help it tap into a multimillion-dollar worldwide market. "I am excited to be with this company and its innovative technology," Harmon said.

She came to Hawaii after seven years with the Gloucester Point Hatchery at the College of William and Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Harmon also was a research assistant on several projects with the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Ore. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Davidson College in Davidson, N.C. and a master's in aquaculture from Oregon State University and has published several articles on aquaculture. She's a member of the National Shellfisheries Association and the World Aquaculture Society.

By Jerry Tune, Star-Bulletin

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