November 23, 2020


GAA seeks COO as organisation becomes more involved in wild fisheries



The Global Aquaculture Alliance has initiated the search for a chief operating officer, a new role within the organisation that will likely evolve into the role of chief executive officer, the organisation announced this month.


The COO will be responsible for managing GAA's industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification programme, including oversight of the BAP market development team, BAP programme integrity team and BAP certification team, and will work cross functionally to achieve organisation's mission of responsible aquaculture. The COO will be based out of GAA's Portsmouth, New Hampshire, US headquarters, reporting to GAA CEO Wally Stevens.


The hiring of a COO comes as GAA becomes more involved in wild fisheries with the adoption of Version 5.0 of the Seafood Processing Plant Standards and the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard, which is currently managed by GAA's sister organisation, Global Seafood Assurances. Over the course of 2021, the assurances from third-party certification standards for wild fisheries and aquaculture will merge under one roof, called the Global Seafood Alliance.


"GAA has evolved over 20-plus years with its advocacy for aquaculture and the growth of the BAP programme to a position of a global leader. We now plan to develop and provide the same credible assurances for wild-caught seafood with our processing plant and fishing vessel standards," said Stevens.


One of the first steps of the transition to the Global Seafood Alliance will be the addition of the COO role, who will most likely evolve into the role of CEO of the Global Seafood Alliance.


In addition to building upon the success of the BAP programme, the COO will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to integrate and transition the organisation to the Global Seafood Alliance.



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