The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has announced the appointment of Brian Perkins as Chief Operating Officer.
Perkins comes to GAA with more than 40 years’ seafood experience in the certification space as well as in managing events and media. For the past six years, he has acted as Regional Director, Americas for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the world’s leading wild fisheries certification programme. Previously, he headed seafood expositions and publications at Diversified Communications, which runs some of the industry’s biggest trade events.
Over the course of 2021, GAA will be merging its operations with its sister organisation Global Seafood Assurances, which oversees standards in wild fishing. The GAA also manages Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), the leading third-party aquaculture certification programme.
GAA CEO Wally Stevens said: “The seafood community thrives on trusted personal relationships cultivated and tested over time. It benefits not only when individuals do well by their company, but equally when those individuals contribute to the greater good through their involvement in pre-competitive activities. Brian Perkins’ career is an example of the attributes we look for in all our associates, and I am personally delighted that he will be joining us as our COO.”