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Bruce has worked in the marine farming industry for 16 years, seven years as Operations Manager and three years as Manager - Havelock for Sanford Limited (Aquaculture Division) and four years as a consultant. He represented the company in a number of affiliated marine farming organisations. Bruce was chair of the aquaculture advisory group which introduced aquaculture training and project coordinator to trial sea cage marine farming for crayfish. For the past five years Bruce has been involved in a number of ‘turn-key’ projects including establishing a successful natural products manufacturing facility to utilise the waste products from the wine industry and convert to high value products for the cosmetic and nutraceutical markets. The role involved developing a niche export operation and markets were established in Japan, Europe and USA. Recently Bruce was a team member of the New Zealand King Salmon EPA Application Project Team. Bruce is a certified Aquaculture Auditor holding Exemplar Global –AU: Management systems auditor.
Graeme has worked in the marine farming industry for 37 years, eight of those as a director and General Manager of Fish Farm Development International Limited, a fish farm consultancy in the United Kingdom. He also worked as a Director and Chief Operating Officer for Regal Salmon Limited (seven years), one of New Zealand’s pioneering salmon farming companies. For the past fourteen years Graeme has been involved in the mussel farming industry in the top of the South Island of New Zealand and is the contracted Executive Officer for the Marine Farming Association. Graeme specialises in the management of large scale multi-party marine farm sites and Chairs the Bay of Plenty Regional Aquaculture Organisation. Graeme is a Risk Assessment Advisor for AHL, a specialist aquaculture insurance broker working for Lloyds (London). Graeme has also been a member of the GLM9 Advisory Group for the past 5 years. In recent years Graeme has undertaken consulting assignments in Australia, Asia and the Pacific including the following species; atlantic salmon, basa catfish, blue fin tuna, kingfish, tilapia and pearl oysters.
Mark has worked in the marine farming industry for 39 years. For the six years prior to this Mark was involved in the freshwater eel fishery including catching, live hauling, primary and secondary processing. Mark has extensive practical experience in salmon ocean ranching, freshwater hatchery, and net pen farming. He has built hatcheries, marine farms and fish transportation units. He is one of the original salmon farmers in New Zealand. Mark has experience in all aspects of salmon farming, as well as lodging plan changes and resource consent applications, dealing with Central and Local Government and advice on aquaculture to a wide range of stakeholders. He has also worked in Greenshell mussel culture and has an interest in opportunities for other species. Mark has been employed by the New Zealand King Salmon Company Limited for over 33 years. Mark enjoys assisting others in their endeavours in aquaculture. He is well travelled and has a wide range of industry contacts. Mark has chaired the New Zealand Salmon Farmers Association for over 17 years and was a founding director on Aquaculture New Zealand. He was deputy chair for that organisation for the three years. He is currently on the executive of the Marine Farming Association.
Rebecca Clarkson has over 15 years’ experience in a variety of roles within
the aquaculture industry in New Zealand. Having previously worked for the NZ Mussel Industry Council Ltd she
now works in a part-time role capacity at Aquaculture New Zealand. Rebecca’s area of expertise includes regional
and central government policy and planning, advocacy, environmental management and quality programmes. She
has proven project management skills including a key role in the recently launched A+ Sustainable Management
Framework for New Zealand aquaculture.
Her formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Science and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Science. She is a member of the Resource Management Law Association. Through these qualifications and her extensive industry knowledge and experience, Rebecca is well placed to provide clients with advice and advocacy on legislative and regional policy and planning matters. She also has an excellent understanding of environmental and product certification schemes and a range of contacts within these schemes. Rebecca’s strengths come from interpreting, distilling and editing technical material tailored to meet the requirements of the NZ aquaculture industry.
Ian is an experienced company director, and chief executive. He was Chief Executive of Port Marlborough for 10 years until 2017 and was responsible for the planning, budgeting and management of marine farming infrastructure facilities in the Marlborough Sounds. Ian is a qualified valuer with significant experience in property purchase, development projects, obtaining planning consents and Environment Court approvals. Ian’s expertise also includes forming companies and joint ventures as vehicles to achieve development goals. Ian is an experienced project manager including wharf developments and other infrastructure projects.
Joanne has worked in the marine farming industry for over 11 years. Joanne’s roles in the industry have included project management, farm and contract management (including farm audits and light monitoring programme management and audits) and also include four years as Finance and Administration Manager for the Marine Farming Association. Joanne has been fundamental in developing and managing the Marine Farming Association’s Environmental Committee and the associated strategic, monitoring, reporting and operational activities of the Committee and continues to run this programme on a contract basis for the MFA. As well as working for the Marine Farming Association Joanne has managed the business affairs of a number of private marine farming ventures in the Top of the South. Joanne’s current role also includes resource consent renewal and extension applications for independent marine farmers. Prior to this she held various senior operational, sales and marketing management roles for the Natural Gas Corporation based in Christchurch. Joanne is an experienced all-rounder with many years’ project management, information gathering and analytical experience both within the aquaculture industry and the energy utilities industry. Joanne brings a wealth of business knowledge to the team.
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