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.
Dr. Michael Chambers has been involved with developing open-ocean aquaculture since 1990. In the Gulf of Mexico, he pioneered cage culture protocols for raising red drum and Florida pompano in submersible systems attached to abandoned oil platforms. During his tenure at the Oceanic Institute in Hawaii, Chambers helped establish the first offshore cage farm in the United States. In 2000, he took the role of project manager at the University of New Hampshire’s Open Ocean Aquaculture Project and Atlantic Marine Aquaculture Center. This project developed biological, engineering and environmental technologies for the commercialization of U.S. offshore aquaculture. More recently, he has been cross-training fishermen on integrated multi-trophic aquaculture platforms in the North Atlantic. Chambers holds a doctorate in zoology from the University of New Hampshire and master’s degree in mariculture from Texas A&M.
Molly Jacques is the North American foodservice market development manager for the Best Aquaculture Practices program of the Global Aquaculture Alliance. She manages relationships with seafood suppliers, buyers, retailers and foodservice outlets in the United States and Canada. Jacques has been a seafood industry professional for the last 12 years, during which she held various sales and purchasing positions, and graduated from the National Fisheries Institute Future Leaders program. Previous to entering the seafood industry, Jacques was a Spanish teacher. She looks forward to merging this training with her seafood experience as an educational advisor for the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation.
Daniel Lee is the standards coordinator for the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices program. Lee works closely with the BAP Standards Oversight Committee and helps coordinate technical committees in their development of the BAP certification standards. Lee is also a research associate at Bangor University in the United Kingdom, where he manages aquaculture research for the Center for Applied Marine Sciences. His main interests lie in aquaculture systems with minimal environmental impacts. Lee spent his early career farming crustaceans, most notably marine shrimp, for research and commercial projects in South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. He co-authored the textbook Crustacean Farming, Ranching and Culture.
Marcos Moya is manager of supply development for the Best Aquaculture Practices third-party certification program. Previously, Moya acted as head of BAP’s expansion team in Latin America and Europe. He has more than 30 years of experience leading aquaculture projects in South America, Central America, Africa, North America and Europe. Moya is a chartered fishing engineer and holds master’s degrees in aquaculture and food science from Texas A&M University and the Univesity of British Columbia, as well as an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. For the last 20 years, Moya has led research in sustainable aquaculture, focusing on environmental sustainability, animal welfare and economic productivity.
William More serves as director of certification for the Best Aquaculture Practices division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance. Now approaching retirement, More was vice president of the Aquaculture Certification Council from 2003 to 2011, when its functions were acquired by the Global Aquaculture Alliance. Considered one of the pioneers of shrimp culture, More has been involved in aquaculture and fisheries projects since 1962, and provided aquaculture and project management services in over 30 countries. He operated research and development facilities in Brazil from 1972 to 1974 and served as country manager for Ralston Purina’s operations in Panama from 1974 to 2001. More has a degree in fisheries management from Texas A&M University.
Jeff Peterson is training coordinator for the Best Aquaculture Practices certification program. He is involved with auditor training and performance oversight. His team conducts seminars and workshops worldwide for facilities personnel, trade groups and government agencies. A former BAP auditor, his role has also expanded to include standards review and revision. With a degree in biology from Villanova University, Peterson initially managed a commercial catfish farming and processing facility that pioneered recirculating technology. He later worked with freshwater prawns in Hawaii, USA, and marine shrimp in Ecuador and the United States. Peterson was a technical manager for Meridian Applied Technologies, which produced the innovative Aquamats.