Improver Programme Application Committee

The MarinTrust GBC and Improver Programme Application Committee (IPAC) work together to develop and implement the MarinTrust Improver Programme (MarinTrust IP). The IPAC is an objective‐based multi‐stakeholder group, representative of fishery science, fishmeal manufacturing, the food supply chain and environment. The function of the IP AC is to draft the MarinTrust IP assessment, acceptance and tracking mechanisms for submission to the MarinTrust GBC for finalisation and approval. This ensures that only progressive and committed applicants are accepted onto the MarinTrust IP.

Main Objective:

The objective of the IFFO RS IP is to implement a robust and credible programme, allied to the IFFO RS Version 2.0 standard, at approved IFFO RS IP factories which at present are struggling to meet the IFFO RS Version 2.0 standard certification criteria. Implementation of this Improver Programme will allow IFFO RS IP factories to reach compliance with the IFFO RS Version 2.0 standard in a defined period of time.

Key Activities:

  • To develop the MarinTrust IP Application Mechanism for MarinTrust GBC approval.
  • To keep the MarinTrust IP Application Mechanism procedures under review, to ensure their relevance to current practice and market requirements.
  • Provide knowledge and guidance that will contribute to accurate interpretation, development and alignment of the MarinTrust IP for assessment purposes.
  • Provide advice by way of decisions, proceedings, and meeting minutes to the MarinTrust GBC on any amendments considered to be necessary to ensure the accuracy, relevance and credibility of the MarinTrust IP programme.
  • Provide input and advice on documents prepared on the IPAC interpretation of the MarinTrust IP Application Criteria and supporting MarinTrust IP guidance documentation used in the assessment of applicants as the programme develops and evolves.
  • Monitor any changes to the relevant Normative Reference documents or standards, or newly issued FAO guidance relevant to fishery assessment or legislative documentation that are used in the MarinTrust programme and incorporate the required amendments into the MarinTrust IP Application Criteria.

MarinTrust Improver Programme Application Committee (IPAC): 

  • Neil Auchterlonie (Chairperson)
  • Daniel Lee
  • Duncan Leadbitter
  • Francisco Aldon
  • Indrani Lutchman
  • Pham Viet Anh
  • Trygve B. Lea

Biographies can be found below.

Marine ingredient producers who wish to participate and be formally accepted into the MarinTrust IP must complete the relevant application registration and send it to the MarinTrust secretariat at If you have any questions, please contact us at

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.

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.

Francisco Aldon

Francisco Aldon MSc, joined IFFO in 2010 and became Head of Operations at the MarinTrust in 2015, when it became an independent body before promoting to Chief Executive Office in 2019.  He is also Chair of the MarinTrust Technical Committee and the Improvers Programme Committee. 

Indrani Lutchman

Indrani (Drin) Lutchman is SFP’s Program Director for FIP Evaluations and External Relations, is responsible for SFP’s FIP evaluation tool and FIP ratings used by a range of NGOs and business for monitoring FIP progress. She is a marine biologist and fisheries scientist with extensive experience of leading successful projects/programs on marine and fisheries issues in Europe, Caribbean, Antarctica and UK Overseas Territories including the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar funded by governmental and non-governmental donors including the European Commission and Parliament, the Oak Foundation, Pew Charitable Trust and the Marine Stewardship Council. She has a solid academic knowledge of fisheries management and strategic and political experience from her participation in the negotiations of the UN Agreement on Straddling and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UNFSA) and the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing - instruments which set the principles for sustainable fishing used as the basis the international, regional and national standard setting initiatives.

Neil Auchterlonie

Neil Auchterlonie PhD, has a strong track record in managing aquaculture and fisheries science programmes in the public and private sector, specialising in commissioning, managing and reporting on science that addresses policy questions for government and industry. Neil runs his own consultancy and has held positions on a number of scientific and technical committees. He has a strong interest in technology transfer within the seafood industry.

Pham Viet Anh

Pham Viet Anh has a Masters in fisheries management and a PhD in applied ecology from the universities of Bergen and Ghent respectively.

From 2003 to 2006, he worked for the Research Institute for Marine Fisheries at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Viet Nam as a fisheries scientist on marine stock assessment and biology.

From 2008-2018 he worked for the Directorate of Fisheries, a management authority under MARD, responsible for fisheries’ sustainable development and management, especially the prevention and elimination of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. At the same time, he was nominated as a national coordinator of a project funded by GEF/UNDP for managing tuna fisheries to support Viet Nam in complying with the requirements of the Tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organization of Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. He was also selected as a focal point of the FAO funding project Strategies for Trawl Fisheries Bycatch Management for bycatch mitigation of trawl fisheries in Viet Nam.

From 2018 to now, he is a Technical Key Account Manager at GLOBALG.A.P. He is responsible for Aquaculture by providing technical support for certification bodies, farm assurers and other stakeholders regarding implementation of the GLOBALG.A.P. standards, including the Compound Feed Manufacturing standard. He has also been involved on the revision and development process of the GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture related standards.

Pham Viet Anh

Trygve Berg Lea

Trygve Berg Lea is a Senior Advisor at Kolos Aqua, a certification body working with certification in the field of fishery and aquaculture. He was previously the sustainability manager in the fishfeed company Skretting with headquarters in Stavanger, Norway. Skretting is part of Nutreco - a global leader in animal nutrition and fish feed. He has worked with different aspects of fish nutrition for the last 30 years. His primary interest has been working with implementing new research findings into new products and knowledge support for the aquaculture industry. He now leads the work in Skretting within the area of sustainability.Mr. Lea graduated from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in 1981 and has since then worked in various positions within salmon aquaculture.