Each year, Wally Stevens, executive director of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, sets the tone for GAA’s GOAL conference by addressing the seven major challenges facing aquaculture — disease management, feed sustainability, environmental responsibility, social responsibility, marketplace support, investment support, leadership and consumer awareness — and grading the industry’s progress, or lack thereof, in an effort to encourage the industry to work together in a pre-competitive manner to find solutions.
Session type: Presentation
Time: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 8 – 8:15 a.m.
Place: Grand Ballroom, 4th floor, White Swan Hotel
Wally Stevens has been executive director of the Global Aquaculture Alliance since 2007. A 45-year industry veteran, Stevens has held leadership positions in large, publicly traded corporations as well as start-up salmon farming operations and mid-sized, family-owned companies. His responsibilities have included all aspects of the seafood production chain, including fishing vessels, aquaculture hatcheries and farms, shoreside processing facilities, cold storage operations, wholesale seafood distribution and manufacturing of value-added products. Recently, Stevens has played a significant role in the growth of GAA and its Best Aquaculture Practices third-party certification program. He is also treasurer of the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation. For much of his career, Stevens has been a volunteer with the National Fisheries Institute, where he served as chairman in 2001 and co-founded the Future Leaders program.