Articles in the Category Leadership

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    Letter from GAA’s Wally Stevens on COVID-19

    These are certainly unprecedented times. As we navigate through the uncharted waters of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), know that the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) remains zeroed in on its mission — a world that embraces and enables the role of responsibly farmed seafood in meeting global nutrition needs. Some of you are concerned about the impact of […]

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    Justin Trudeau’s Mandate Detrimental to Responsible Aquaculture Movement

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate to phase out ocean net pen salmon farming in British Columbia is detrimental not only to the region’s thriving aquaculture sector but also to the push for responsible aquaculture globally. Perhaps no region has embraced the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program as much as […]

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    Plant-Based Food Companies Are Meeting a Need, But Are They Doing it at the Expense of Aquaculture?

    The world’s appetite for healthy, lean protein sources is big, and, in the past few decades, aquaculture has largely stepped up to quench this appetite. And it’s done so while meeting many of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. It’s is highly resource efficient, especially when compared to terrestrial animal production. It makes a significant […]

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    GAA Responds to BBC Panorama’s ‘Salmon Farming Exposed’

    In response to the May 20 BBC report “Salmon Farming Exposed,” the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has issued the following statement: GAA is aware of the May 20 BBC report “Salmon Farming Exposed” and is working with its partners in Scotland to apprise policymakers, retailers, the public and other stakeholders of the work that’s being […]

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    Trade Wars Do No Good, Hurt Seafood Sustainability Efforts

    The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s vision is a world that embraces and enables the role of responsibly farmed seafood in meeting global nutrition needs. However, that vision is clouded when nations become embroiled in trade wars. Currently, a trade war is escalating between the world’s two largest economies, the United States and China (last year alone, the […]

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    Open letter to Patagonia: Let’s not forget that we’re all in the same boat

    Last night, members of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) staff attended a local screening of “Artifishal,” a documentary film produced by outdoor apparel company Patagonia. The film questions the role of fish hatcheries in supplementing recreational and commercial salmon and trout fisheries in the Pacific Northwest, alleging they do more harm than good for wild […]

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    Canada’s CBC Set To Air Exposé On Shrimp, Antimicrobial Resistance

    On Friday, March 15, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) is set to air an exposé on its popular consumer-watchdog program, Marketplace, on shrimp and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) titled “Testing Shrimp for Superbugs.” Due to the nature of the segment and its conversations with the CBC, the Global Aquaculture Alliance is concerned that the TV network […]

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    GAA Responds to MCS Draft Ratings System

    The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is pleased to contribute to the public consultation on the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Draft Aquaculture Ratings Methodology Handbook. According to the United Kingdom-based conservation organization, the handbook provides in-depth discussion of how MCS assesses the environmental performance of various aquaculture production methods. It is aimed at MCS assessors and […]

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    In His Own Words: Wally Stevens Talks Global Seafood Assurances

    At Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium, on April 25, Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) — a new, independent, not-for-profit organization established to meet marketplace and public expectations for assurances in aquaculture and fisheries — made its official debut. With about 120 seafood professionals in attendance, Wally Stevens, executive director of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, which […]

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    Talking Points in Response to ‘False Promise of Certification’

    Editor’s note: The following is in response to a report questioning the validity of sustainability certification programs. Crafted by the Changing Markets Foundation, the May 3 report, titled “The False Promise of Certification,” does not cite the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices third-party certification program. The “The False Promise of Certification” report is built on […]