Historic Boston Meeting for AwF

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Historic Boston Meeting for AwF


Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) held its first board meeting on the east coast USA during the annual Seafood Expo North America (SENA) event in Boston, Mass on 7 March amongst many thousands of seafood professionals. SENA is recognized as the largest seafood event held in North America and is celebrating its 36th year attracting buyers and sellers from around the world.

The current board acknowledged the fine efforts of John Forster who was not seeking re-election on the board but had agreed to stay engaged with the organization by being one of the leaders of the new Technical Advisory Group. Additionally the board thanked John Cooksey for his extraordinary efforts in being Treasurer/Secretary since inception and who had resigned due to an increased workload and has been replaced by Dave Conley.

AwF have decided to expand the size of their board and are excited to announce that the three new members approved were Albert G.J. Tacon Ph.D; Ms Polly Legendre and Michael D. Lee Ph.D.

Executive Director, Roy Palmer said ‘All three new board members bring new skills and experience to AwF at an important time.  Albert is a 40 year well seasoned and travelled aquaculture professional with experience in research and development, with a specialty focus on aquatic feeds and nutrition and a large global following. Albert is well known throughout the global aquaculture industry and is keen to bring his know-how to assist our organization.

Polly is a Founding Principal of Polished, a specialized marketing group with headquarters in San Francisco and was the first American to graduate from the Ecole Supérieure de Cuisine Française, working/cooking for nine years in some of the top, Michelin-starred kitchens in Paris. Branding strategy and communications are Polly’s strong skills along with her infectious energy.

Michael is Director of International Studies at the California State University (CSU) East Bay campus advising approximately 80 majors and teaching a capstone course on globalization and international development. He is also Director of Education and Policy for the CSU’s Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Aquaculture Center. Michael’s current research interests are focused on determining the full life cycle costs of aquaculture production in California.

The new board members will join Mary Larkin, Gorjan Nikolik, Cormac O’Sullivan, Dave Conley and Roy Palmer making a new board of 8 people. Agreement was reached to meet on a quarterly basis so there could be more consistent involvement of the board.

Palmer added ‘The AwF board learned that through the new arrangements with Florida Atlantic University (FAU) we have been invited to submit a full application proposal for the 2016 Farmer-to-Farmer Small Grants competition following the approval of the concept paper.

We have held meetings in Washington D.C recently establishing contact with many charity and NGO organisations ensuring that we build on collaborations through our arrangements with the Volunteers Economic Growth Alliance.’

The board acknowledged the support and work of the Volunteers and Women’s Networks and approved new opportunities for supporters to engage and support AwF in its activities.