Fish Health Laboratory

The Fish Health Laboratory is located in a rural setting on Burns Road in Augusta, Maine. Spring Brook flows nearby through the woods where deer are seen often. Governor Hill Fish Hatchery is in close proximity, which is fed by Spring Brook.  The Fish Health Laboratory is open to the public.

Contact Information

Office Telephone: (207) 287-2813

Colby Wells, DVM
Fish Pathologist
Email: colby.wells@maine.gov
Education:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Colorado State University, 2012

Key responsibilities:
Dr. Wells provides fish health management for the State’s freshwater fish culture facilities and wild fish populations; responsibilities include fish health monitoring, diagnosis, and treatment of fish diseases or environmental disorders while overseeing operation the Fish Health Laboratory. She conducts comprehensive annual fish health inspections at the eight state fish hatcheries and investigates specific disease and fish health problems as they occur throughout the State. Dr. Wells also evaluates fish health inspection reports from the aquaculture industry and reviews all fish importation and transfer permits. Please contact Dr. Wells at the above email address or phone number with any aquatic animal health questions or concerns.


Zubaidah Sargent, Microbiologist
Email: zubaidah.sargent@maine.gov

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
University of Maine at Orono, 1982

Key responsibilities:
Her primary responsibility is to provide a clean, well-stocked fish pathology laboratory and to conduct pathological examinations on all hatchery lots of fish and other wild fish, when required. Her work includes biological sample collection, conducting laboratory tests and interpreting the results in order to identify bacterial, viral, and parasite agents. She is also in charge of preparing the State’s fish health reports. She maintains and orders supplies for the laboratory.