NFI Crab Council Begins Search for Asia Liaison –

NFI Crab Council Begins Search for Asia Liaison Published:  28 December, 2011

The NFI Crab Council in the US will retain an Asia Liaison, who will be the primary in-region contact for the Council’s projects. The position will work with in-country trade associations and various stakeholders on fisheries improvement work.

The liaison will not only serve as a resource to those organisations and a conduit for communications with the NFI Crab Council membership in the US but will educate agencies about the importance of sustainable crab management practices.“Our Blue Swimming Crab sustainability efforts began in Indonesia and the Philippines and are poised to expand to Vietnam and Thailand,” said NFI Crab Council Chair Ed Rhodes of Phillips Foods. “As efforts continue to grow it is clear that our partners can benefit from an advocate on the ground in the region and our member companies would benefit from a dedicated coordinator.”The plan is to have the liaison located centrally in Thailand but travel extensively to help with new and existing projects.“The NFI Crab Council is looking for someone who can build coalitions and networks and talk comfortably with government officials,” said NFI Crab Council Executive Committee member Carlos Faria from Blue Star. “We’re interested in strong communication amongst our partnerships and a voice that can advocate for real regulation that is focused on the sustainability of Blue Swimming Crab stocks.”   The Asia Liaison will be a contractor who works solely for and reports to the National Fisheries Institute.  The position is being funded in large part by a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation. The Foundation has invested funds as part of its commitment to Blue Swimming Crab sustainability work.