SFP announced today the appointment of Mr. Anton Immink as the organization’s first global Aquaculture Director.
The appointment represents a new phase in the expansion of SFP’s aquaculture work and reflects a focus on zonal management initiatives in Asia. Anton Immink was previously Senior Consultant at Stirling Aquaculture, University of Stirling, and has worked in Bangladesh, India, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as for the UK Department for International Development and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. SFP believes that while farm-level certification processes provide a focused stepping stone on the road to sustainable aquaculture there needs to be greater emphasis on the bigger picture. SFP plans to engage producers, processors, buyers, suppliers, and regulators to come together to develop effective plans to manage production zones so that environmental quality, production efficiency, and food safety are maintained throughout the production chain. Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Immink said:“I’m excited by the potential to help shape the future of sustainable seafood production, but recognize that scaling up solutions from the farm level to a wider aquaculture zonal management approach will require commitment from a range of partners. I look forward to input from across the sector.” He continued:“It is an interesting time to take up this post, with the expansion of farm-level certifications that largely ignore the interactions that farms have with each other and the wider environment. Our roundtable approach aims to bring all stakeholders together with the shared aim of long-term sustainability.”