Global Aquaculture Alliance gets a new COO

Jeff Fort, COO and chief financial officer, GAA Jeff Fort, COO and chief financial officer, GAA

The Global Aquaculture Alliance has appointed a new chief operating officer to build on the successes the organisation has already achieved.

Jeff Fort is already a member of the GAA board of directors and GAA executive committee. He will take on the COO role in addition to his existing role as chief financial officer, which he has held since 2012.

“The professionalism and performance of our associates is what distinguishes GAA, and Jeff can rightly take a good deal of credit for getting us to where we are today,” said Wally Stevens, executive director, GAA.

Long service

Mr Fort has been owner and CEO of GAA Founding Member Delta Blue Aquaculture since 1992 and his shrimp farm in Belize was the world’s first aquaculture farm to attain BAP certification.

He has also been owner of Utah-based seafood distributor Fog River LLC since 2009 and a partner in Vermont-based online wildflower retailer AmericanMeadows.com since 2008.

“I have been a supporter of GAA since its inception, first as a shrimp aquaculture producer and then as a volunteer contributing time,” Mr Fort said.

“I am very passionate about the work GAA does and the impacts we have on global aquaculture audiences. GAA and the BAP program offer a very unique set of solutions, tools and assurances for the entire seafood supply chain.”

BAP is the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification programme which covers the entire aquaculture production chain including processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills.

Through the first three-quarters of 2017, the number of BAP-certified facilities totalled 1,794 worldwide.

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