Governing Body Composition

The MarinTrust Governing Body  is a multi-stakeholder committee made up of marine ingredients producers, traders, fish feed producers, fish farmers, fish processors, retailers, marine conservation NGOs, related standards representatives, and the MarinTrust Technical Director. Information about the roles and responsibilities of the MarinTrust Governance Body Committee can be described here.

Meet our current Governing Body Committee members:

Aisla Jones

Aisla Jones is the Fish Sustainability Manager at Co-op UK where she oversees the responsible sourcing policy for wild caught and farmed seafood. After graduating with an MSc in Marine Biology from Bangor University, she worked there as a research assistant to identify priority research areas for aquaculture supply chains into the UK in collaboration with the seafood industry. Aisla also has varied experience working with several NGO’s in the UK and abroad. Prior to her current role she worked for WWF UK focusing on a number of seafood sustainability initiatives, particularly on tuna.

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee PhD is a multilingual aquaculture specialist with expertise in the design, implementation and management of new projects. He has been GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices standards coordinator since the program’s inception. He works closely with BAP Standards’ Oversight Committee and helps guide and coordinate its technical committees. Lee also manages aquaculture research projects for the Centre for Applied Marine Sciences at Bangor University in the United Kingdom, particularly on the environmental impacts of tropical aquaculture ,and developing systems with minimal impacts. He published the textbook Crustacean Farming, Ranching and Culture.

Dave Martin

Dave Martin is Director for Aquaculture and Reduction Fisheries at SFP.  He returns to SFP following a position as Corporate Director of Sustainability for Aqua Star, where he oversaw fisheries and aquaculture improvements as well as lead engagement on addressing social issues in the seafood supply chain for one of the largest importers of farmed shrimp in North America. At SFP, Dave oversees all of SFP’s aquaculture programs, as well as efforts to promote improvements in reduction fisheries—those that supply marine ingredients—globally. Dave has been involved in conservation efforts for more than 25 years, focusing on working with communities in Siberia, the Russian Far East, Oregon, and throughout the Pacific Rim to promote sustainability, civil society, habitat conservation and restoration, wilderness and natural resource protection. Dave earned MAs in both International Policy Studies and Russian Translation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a BA in Political Science and Russian Studies from the University of Iowa. He is based in Portland, OR.

Duncan Leadbitter

Duncan Leadbitter has 30 years’ experience in fisheries management and marine conservation planning, working for government, the commercial fishing industry and NGOs. He runs his own consulting business (Fish Matter Pty Ltd) and consults for the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), where he provides advice on issues such as aquaculture feed fish fisheries, tunas and deep water species. He also liaises with seafood producers, NGOs and multilateral fisheries organisations.

Eduardo Goycoolea

Executive Director - New World Currents

Eduardo Goycoolea is currently Executive Director of New World Currents. For 25 years until his retirement in 2015, he was Sales & Marketing Director of El Golfo and later Blumar.  As President of the Fishmeal Exporters Organization (FEO) in 2001, he led the merger of FEO with IFFOMA to create IFFO, and was its co-President for the first year. Eduardo is currently IFFO vice-President and a member of the ASC Steering Committee. He has acted on a number of seafood industry Boards and been involved in the development of sustainability and responsible sourcing standards, including IFFO RS.

Ernesto Godelman

Executive Director and Founder of CeDePesca, Ernesto Godelman MSc is a former Technical Coordinator of the National Directorate of Fisheries in Argentina, former MSC representative for Latin America, and former SFP director for South and Central America. His current position helps to connect seafood supply chains interested in sustainable procurement, with fisheries improvement projects for industrial and small scale fisheries (FIPs). Ernesto is involved with 14 such projects around the world, and with improvements projects for marine ingredients fisheries such as Peruvian anchovy and Panama small pelagics.

Estelle Brennan

Estelle Brennan BSc, is an accomplished Technical Manager, Sustainability and Ethical Trade Specialist, with over 20 years’ experience in technical & sustainability roles within the food industry. She is currently Head Of Sustainability UK for Labeyrie Fine Foods, chair of the Seafish Seafood Ethics Common Language Group and a member of the GAA Standards Oversight Committee.

Frank Trearty

Frank Trearty MSc, is General Manager of Pelagia Killybegs, a leading producer of pelagic fish products for human consumption, and an important supplier of protein concentrate, fishmeal, and fish oil for use in fish and animal feed. He has worked for the company for more than 20 years.

Humberto Speziani

Humberto Speziani es Director de Tecnológica de Alimentos S.A. (TASA), el mayor productor de harina de pescado del mundo. También es Presidente de Negocios para Soluciones para Prevenir la Pobreza (SEP), Vicepresidente del Consejo Empresarial Peruano Japonés (CEPEJA - Perú) y Presidente del Comité de Pesca de la Asociación de Exportadores del Perú (ADEX). Ha trabajado en el sector pesquero durante casi 50 años. Humberto es ex presidente de IFFO (2010 - 2011), presidente de la Sociedad Nacional de Pesca del Perú (SNP) y presidente de la Confederación Nacional de Asociaciones de Empresas Privadas (CONFIEP) (2011-2013).

Libby Woodhatch

Libby Woodhatch MSc, has worked for more than 20 years in the seafood supply chain and on standards development. Prior to becoming Executive Chair of the MarinTrust, she was Head of Advocacy at Seafish, where her remit included the development of the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) standard and a wider programme in seafood ethics. Libby was CEO of industry body Seafood Scotland for ten years, where she helped improve the value of return to the Scottish seafood industry. During this time, she also sat on the MSC’s Stakeholder Council. Libby is a Trustee of the Fishermen’s Mission, which provides welfare and support to fishermen and their families, and of the Billingsgate Seafood School.

Michael Lutz

Michael Lutz has more than 20 years’ experience in the fishmeal and fish oil trading industry, and is a Senior Manager at Köster Marine Proteins GmbH, Germany. He also acts as a consultant for ISIS GmbH (International Standard for Integrated Sustainability), for AWI (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research), and IMARE (Institute for Marine Resources), and as an aquaculture and fisheries project consultant for the Institute for Animal Nutrition/ Free University of Berlin, and the University of Bremerhaven.  

Michiel Fransen

Michiel MSc, has worked since mid-2012 for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), and is currently Head of Standards and Science. Michiel leads the ASC Responsible Feed Project, which is developing the ASC Responsible Feed Standard. He has also worked as Export Manager for fish feed producer Coppens International, in charge of key markets in Eastern Europe/Balkans and South East Asia, and for the aquaculture and fisheries department of FAO in Ankara, Turkey.