Red Lobster Seafood Co.’s executive vice-president and general counsel Horace Dawson is joining the Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) board of directors.
The judging panel for the 2019 Aquaculture Awards was announced on Monday, ahead of the awards’ March 1 deadline. 
Einar Wathne, seafood leader for Cargill Animal Nutrition, will leave Cargill effective Feb. 1, 2019.
BioMar Group has announced a new vice-president of the salmon division as well as a new managing director in Norway. Both Paddy Campbell and Håvard Jørgensen were promoted internally from other executive management positions.
The biennial Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition (NACE) in Boston, Massachusetts concluded on a high note on Friday with higher attendance numbers than the previous edition despite the partial government shutdown.
The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick are allocating $460,000 from the Atlantic Fisheries Fund to improve the effectiveness, quality and sustainability of the seafood sector.
Public perception of aquaculture ‘paralyzes’ permitting and investments in marine aquaculture in the United States, according to forum aimed at expanding ocean farming in the country.
Nordic Aquafarms said it will seek certification from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council as a sustainable seafood producer once its 40-acre land-based Atlantic salmon farm becomes operational.
Three aquaculture operations in British Columbia, Canada expect to enhance their environmental sustainability with the funds they received in December from the federal government.
A new company offering “next generation high-protein feed ingredients” has been formed via a joint venture between ethanol producer Green Plains of Nebraska and feed manufacturer Optimal Fish Food of South Dakota.
OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Fish Growers Association (WFGA) has announced that longtime executive director Dan Swecker has retired from his position, effective Dec. 31, 2018.

Swecker, a salmon farming pioneer and former state senator from Rochester, Wash., will continue to advise the organization as director emeritus as it transitions to a new aquaculture advocacy organization – The Northwest Aquaculture Alliance (NWAA). The NWAA will represent the aquaculture industry from the Pacific Northwest region, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia.

Swecker, a pioneer in salmon farming in Washington, represented the 20th Legislative District as State Senator from 1995-2012. He served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, where he was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and 25 air medals. He led WFGA for nearly three decades.

“Dan Swecker’s contribution to WFGA over the years has been immeasurable,” said WFGA board president John Dentler. “As a respected former senator with a reputation for finding solutions, Dan has led this organization through some very significant challenges. We are grateful to ‘Senator Dan’ for all that he has done to foster support for aquaculture at the state level. As we work to build a broader and stronger coalition, Dan will continue to help guide and advise us to achieve future success.”

Dentler said the WFGA Board has tapped aquaculture advocate and seafood industry veteran, Jeanne McKnight, to serve as interim executive director of the NWAA. McKnight, a former director of communications for the Global Aquaculture Alliance, spent 20 years advocating for the Chilean farmed salmon industry in the U.S., market and handled trade communications for an aquaculture organization in Vietnam. She started her new role on Jan. 1, 2019 and will work closely with Swecker during the transition.

McKnight said she welcomes the challenge of improving the public’s perception of aquaculture products as well as the industry itself. “Globally, aquaculture is an economic driver,” McKnight said. “There’s huge opportunity for our region to embrace this important industry and enjoy sustainably produced, locally grown fish and seafood alongside our wonderful wild seafood.” She added, “The acceptance of aquaculture is happening in other US regions as well as around the world. It can and should happen here.”

Measures proposed to boost employment in the aquaculture industry in Newfoundland and Labrador by requiring employers to set hiring quotas are counterproductive and unfair, according to the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA).
The government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, has come out solidly behind Grieg NL Seafarms Ltd’s $250-million aquaculture project in the province, with Premier Dwight Ball announcing a $30-million government investment in the project in the form of repayable loans.
In what could be described as “aquaculture 2.0,” the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador is seeing new dynamics driven by innovations, investments and support from the local government and community rarely seen in other salmon farming jurisdictions.
PORTLAND, Maine – A sister company to Nordic Aquafarms Inc., which is planning to build a world-class, land-based salmon farm in Belfast, Maine, has received certification from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) as a sustainable and quality seafood producer.

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