Technical Advisory Committee

The MarinTrust Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) helps with the development and implementation of the MarinTrust certification programme for the marine ingredients industry.

TAC members come from a range of backgrounds, including fisheries science, environmental conservation, the marine ingredient manufacturing industry, and key stakeholders.

TAC Terms of Reference

The function of the TAC is to manage technical matters relating to the development of the MarinTrust certification criteria, including the technical validity of MarinTrust as a third-party accredited certification programme.

Main Objective

Support the development and implementation of a credible and robust certification programme for the marine ingredient industry, to provide assurance to the global supply chain that all certified factories are run in a responsible and ethical way.

Key Activities

  • Develop the technical specifications of the certification programme to ensure relevance to current practice and market requirements, for approval by the MarinTrust Governing Body Committee.
  • Provide guidance for assessment purposes, on the accurate interpretation of the MarinTrust Standard, using industry member and environmental knowledge.
  • Provide advice to the Governing Body Committee through decisions, proceedings and meeting minutes, about suggested amendments to ensure the accuracy, relevance and credibility of the programme.
  • Provide input on documents for the technical interpretation of the MarinTrust certification criteria, and on technical guidance documentation used in the assessment of marine ingredient manufacturers.
  • Monitor changes to the FAO or ILO normative documents, or new guidance relevant to fisheries assessment, including any legislative documentation used in the MarinTrust programme, and incorporate such changes into the certification criteria.

Current members of the MarinTrust Technical Advisory Committee are:

  • Antoine Dangy - OLVEA Fish Oils
  • Duncan Leadbitter - Fish Matter (E-NGO)
  • Estelle Brennan - Lyons Seafood (Fish Procesor)
  • Soren Anker Pedersen - Marine Ingredient Denmark (Fisheries)
  • Blake Lee-Hardwood - Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (E-NGO)
  • Robert Lefebure - Marine Stewardship Council (Fisheries/Standard holder)
  • Michel Fransen - Aquaculture Stewardship Council (Aquaculture/Standard holder)
  • Frank Trearty - United Fisheries Industries (Marine Ingredient Producer)
  • Francisco Aldon - MarinTrust (Marine ingredients/Standard holder)

For more information on TAC Members, see below and our Governing Body Committee Members page for images and short biographies.

Antoine Dangy

Antoine Dangy joined OLVEA Fish Oils in 2014. He holds a Master degree in Agronomy and has a background as a Food Safety Quality Assurance (FSAQ) manager for a tuna fishing fleet in Africa. Thanks to both fishing and African environment experiences he is now a Sustainability and Sourcing Development Manager for OLVEA Fish Oils. Working on implementing sustainable supply chain in the sea food industry has always been Antoine's vocation as he holds a huge passion for sailing the marine environment in general. During the past 2 years he has used IFFO RS and other standards to promote responsibilty in OLVEA Fish Oils sourcing areas.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Michel Kaiser

Michel Kaiser is the Professor of Marine Conservation Ecology at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University. He is an independent Member of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, the UK Marine Science Coordination Committee, and he chairs the Seafish Industry Authority’s Science Advisory Group. After gaining his Ph.D. in 1991, he joined CEFAS to lead research on the effects of human activities (fishing and aquaculture) on the marine environment. He joined Bangor University in 1998 where he has expanded these interests to encompass social and economic consequences of different approaches of managing fishing activities. He has authored over 180 peer reviewed publications and has written or edited 5 books.His current research focuses on techniques to achieve sustainable use of the marine environment, with a particular emphasis on developing techniques to minimise ecological impacts of fisheries and aquaculture, and research to underpin the appropriate use of marine protected areas. The latter focuses on recovery and dispersal dynamics in seabed communities and integration of spatial social and economic valuation of marine biodiversity. His research group provides scientific advice to the Welsh Government and the Isle of Man Government. 

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.

Søren Anker Pedersen

Søren Anker Pedersen is chief biologist at Marine Ingredients Denmark since 2015. He has a wide practical experience in marine ecology, covering more than 20 years of research in Greenland, Norwegian and Danish waters. His research includes zooplankton studies, recruitment processes for fish and shrimp, stock assessments of fish, shrimp and scallops, ecosystem modeling, as well as the effects of climate, ocean currents and fishing on the evolution of marine ecosystems. He was Professional Officer at ICES for 8 years e.g. as coordinator for the EMPAS project "Environmentally sound fisheries management in protected areas" and the ICES Training Programme. His Ph.D. thesis “Mortality on northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) and species interactions on the offshore West Greenland shrimp grounds” is from University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1995.  

Trygve Berg Lea

Trygve Berg Lea is 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.