Dr. Everett Barnes, Jr. is the president and owner of RMC Research Corp., a private government consulting company he joined in 1972 and acquired in 1985. RMC Research provides professional services in scientific research, program/policy evaluation, program development, training and technical assistance, and knowledge utilization to a variety of federal and state agencies, foundations and private entities. Barnes’ areas of expertise include grant writing, program development/management, formative and summative evaluation, and online learning content development and delivery. Barnes holds a graduate degree in history and geography, a doctoral degree in educational leadership and evaluation, and a master’s degree in school administration. He taught at the high school level, became an elementary school principal and eventually headed up the state of New Hampshire’s K-12 state testing program.
Dr. George Chamberlain, president of the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation, began his aquaculture career as a researcher and extension specialist at Texas A&M University in the United States. He later directed aquaculture programs at Ralston Purina International and Monsanto, and led the development of an integrated shrimp farm in Malaysia. In 2004, he co-founded Integrated Aquaculture International (later rebranded as iAqua), a technology company that operates breeding, nutrition and farming businesses for Penaeus monodon and Litopenaeus vannamei shrimp. Chamberlain previously served as president of the World Aquaculture Society and assisted in founding the Global Aquaculture Alliance, for which he continues to serve as current president.
Peder Jacobson, secretary of the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation, was an early practitioner of shrimp farming in Latin America. He was a founder and director of the original Camara Nacional de Aquacultura of Ecuador, as well as a founder of ANDHA, the Honduran shrimp association. He is owner and executive director of the Seajoy group, a large, vertically integrated shrimp producer with operations in Ecuador, Honduras and Nicaragua. Jacobson also was a founding member and director of the Global Aquaculture Alliance. In addition, he was a founder and president of the Aquaculture Certification Council, an organization that implemented the Best Aquaculture Practices standards for shrimp plants and farms until its functions were merged into the Global Aquaculture Alliance. Jacobson was co-chairman of the first international World Aquaculture Society conference, held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in 1986.
Melanie Siggs, vice president of the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation, is director of strategic engagements for the Global Aquaculture Alliance. She is also an associate director at Sancroft International in London. Siggs has extensive international experience working across commercial and NGO sectors, addressing a range of issues relating to food and timber, although she is best known for her work on fisheries and aquaculture in the past 10 years. Most recently, Siggs helped the Environmental Defense Fund build foundations in Europe, following four years as a special advisor to HRH The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit. She is a former vice president of sustainable markets for U.S. NGO SeaWeb, as well as a past head of communications for Finnish forest products group UPM-Kymmene and former head of corporate affairs for the Australian company Global Renewables.
Iain Shone is currently development director for the Global Aquaculture Alliance. Shone was previously sourcing director at Lyons Seafoods Ltd. in the United Kingdom, where he was in charge of global procurement and responsible sourcing. He has 22 years of service in the seafood industry, bringing valuable experience in seafood market requirements and the development, improvement and certification of aquaculture and associated industries. Shone has supported many industry initiatives through his career, most recently chairing the working group on aquaculture at the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative. He also currently sits on the board of the Seafood Importers and Processors Alliance of Europe.
Wally Stevens, treasurer of the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation and current executive director of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, began his career in the seafood industry more than 44 years ago. He has held leadership positions in large, publicly traded corporations, as well as start-up salmon farming operations and mid-sized, family-owned companies. His responsibilities have included all aspects of the seafood production chain, including fishing vessels, aquaculture hatcheries and farms, shoreside processing facilities, cold storage operations, wholesale seafood distribution and manufacturing of value-added products. For much of his career, Stevens has been a volunteer with the National Fisheries Institute, where he served as chairman in 2001 and co-founded the Future Leaders program. Stevens is also a trustee for the New Hampshire university system.
Dr. Michael Tlusty is the director of ocean sustainability science at the New England Aquarium and a research faculty member at the University of Massachusetts — Boston. He has been at the aquarium since 1999, developing an aquaculture program that integrates the knowledge, skills and abilities of the entire New England Aquarium community. He helped develop the Sustainable Seafood Initiative, the first NGO program to partner with a major corporation to improve the sustainability of their seafood purchases. Tlusty has worked on both wild fishery and aquaculture issues, with much of his work in seafood improving certification systems. He currently sits on the Global Aquaculture Alliance Standards Oversight Committee, the Technical Advisory Group for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council and the Process and Benchmark Expert Working Group for the Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative.