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Why Aquaculture?

Aquaculture, executed poorly, can have negative effects to human health, precious natural resources, and economies. We address and underscore the reality that aquaculture is needed to meet the gap in seafood supply and demand and must be done responsibly. Aquaculture production is projected to grow from 47.2 million metric tons in 2006 to 93.6 million metric tons by 2030, while wild fisheries production is expected to decline from 64.5 million metric tons to 58.2 million metric tons during that same time. To feed the world’s growing population, aquaculture has to deliver an additional 46.4 million metric tons to meet the world’s seafood needs.

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Best Aquaculture Practices

Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification ensures that seafood products come from facilities that are managed in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible manner. BAP is the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification program, with achievable, science-based and continuously improved global performance standards addressing environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, animal welfare and traceability. It’s also the world’s only third-party certification program encompassing the entire aquaculture production chain: farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills.

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GOAL Conference

Be inspired by 60-plus speakers providing insight on the trends shaping the future of responsible aquaculture production and sourcing, while networking with more than 400 seafood professionals from 30-plus countries. GOAL (Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership) is a pre-competitive event, an opportunity to put day-to-day business aside and bring together all industry segments to discuss shared responsibilities and goals. Since its inception in 2001, GOAL has been a must-attend event for the world’s aquaculture thought leaders. GOAL 2018 will be held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from Sept. 25 to 27.


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Solutions & Advocacy

We are in the business of solutions. Sometimes a solution means providing resources to those who can enact change in their backyard, and other times it means investing in sophisticated science that will shape the future of the industry. Through various funds and humanitarian initiatives, we pledge to support individuals and aquaculture improvement projects that are designed to make an enduring and tangible difference.

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Our Team

Meet Our Leadership Team

  • George Chamberlain


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  • Wally Stevens

    Executive Director

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  • Bill Herzig

    Strategic Advisor


  • Jeff Fort


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  • Steve Hart

    Vice President

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  • Iain Shone

    Development Director

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  • Melanie Siggs

    Director of Strategic Engagements

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  • Steven Hedlund

    Communications Manager


  • Becky Holt

    Membership Manager & GAA Films Producer


  • Sally Krueger

    Relationship Manager


  • James Wright

    Editorial Manager

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  • Devan Meserve

    Marketing Manager

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  • Maddie Cassidy

    Outreach Coordinator

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  • Dayna House

    Learning Solutions Manager

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  • Shaun O’Loughlin

    Learning Solutions Specialist

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  • Justin Grant

    eLearning/Multimedia Developer


  • Andy Raynor

    Information Technology Manager

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  • Paul Keefe

    Senior Application Developer

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  • Jeff Rask

    Application Developer

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  • Matthew Hofmann

    Business Analyst

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  • Craig Tamayoshi

    IT Specialist

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  • Jeanette Chambers


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  • Lynn Durost

    HR Generalist/Junior Accountant

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  • Lorraine Jennemann

    Editorial Assistant


Innovation Award

In 2012, we established the Global Aquaculture Innovation Award to recognize individuals and companies finding new solutions to the key challenges facing aquaculture. What’s an aquaculture innovation? Examples include technologies that mitigate the occurrence of animal diseases or parasites, or that reduce or eliminate the use of antibiotics to treat animals; technologies that improve production efficiencies at the hatchery or farm levels while mitigating environmental impact; advances in offshore or land-based recirculation technology; novel feed ingredients; reductions in carbon footprint through improved energy efficiency or regeneration; and social programs designed to improve living and working conditions at the farm or processing levels.

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Guiding Principles

These visionary guiding principles, identified by GAA’s Founding Members in 1997, remain relevant and have improved aquaculture practices throughout the farming, processing and distribution of aquaculture products. We aim to expand the availability of seafood from Best Aquaculture Practices-certified facilities that address these principles.

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