November 13, 2020


Northwest Aquaculture Alliance's board of directors welcomes new member



Svein Wiese-Hansen, business manager of farmed finfish and shellfish aquaculture at the Pacific Seafood Group based in Clackamas, Oregon, the United States, was appointed to Northwest Aquaculture Alliance's (NWAA) board of directors.


NWAA is an aquaculture advocacy organisation, whose members share a common vision of creating working waterfronts, rural jobs and a robust blue economy through the responsible production of aquaculture products. It represents and provides support to aquaculture producers and businesses in the US states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana, and British Columbia in Canada.


Wiese-Hansen has served on the board of directors for the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA) for three consecutive terms. He was formerly a member of the Shellfish Task Force for Oregon, where he was involved with the initial planning and implementation process of the Oregon Shellfish Initiative.


Wiese-Hansen has worked with state and federal agencies responsible for the oversight of shellfish aquaculture in Oregon, focusing on permitting and regulatory issues.  He has also participated on behalf of PCSGA in numerous aquaculture industry meetings, as well as PCSGA's annual lobbying efforts in Washington DC.


NWAA president Jim Parsons said Wiese-Hansen will help strengthen NWAA's ability to represent the interests of both shellfish and finfish aquaculture in the Northwest region as well as address the current regulatory environment.


"Svein Wiese-Hansen understands how to navigate the regulatory processes at both the state and federal level," Parsons said.


"In addition, having grown up in the business working for his family-owned and operated salmon farming business in Anacortes, the Scan Am Fish Farms, he brings a valuable historical perspective to our efforts. We are pleased to have him on board at such a critical time for the growth of aquaculture in the region."


Wiese-Hansen is a graduate of the National Fisheries Institute's (NFI) Future Leaders Programme, a programme that helps prepare seafood industry professionals to become leaders in their respective companies or organisations.


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