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Northwest Aquaculture Alliance presents six new awards

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The Northwest Aquaculture Alliance has announced the winners of its Lifetime Achievement and Aquaculture Champions awards.

The Northeast Aquaculture Alliance has announced the winners of its Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as four recipients of its inaugural Aquaculture Champions award


The Northwest Aquaculture Alliance, an advocacy organisation that is committed to building a sustainable aquaculture industry in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, has presented Lifetime Achievement awards to two Pacific Northwest aquaculture industry veterans from Cooke Aquaculture Pacific: Kevin Bright and Randy Hodgin.

In addition, NWAA named the Cooke Aquaculture Pacific leadership team of Tom Glaspie, Brett Raemer, Doug Simms and Nichole Robinson as Aquaculture Champions - a new award that recognises those “unsung heroes who work tirelessly in caring for the fish, the environment, their colleagues, and the industry,” said NWAA president and Jamestown Seafood CEO, Jim Parsons.

Parsons, the former general manager of Cooke Aquaculture Pacific, described the awardees in a press release as: “some of the best and brightest in the aquaculture sector, exemplifying professionalism and integrity in the face of extraordinary challenges brought about when the state’s Department of Natural Resources terminated Cooke’s leases - leaving the state with no commercial net pens.” He added, “I have known this group of professionals for many years now and am pleased that the leadership of NWAA chose to award them all with its highest honour. To a person, the award is well-deserved.”

Bright, permit coordinator of Cooke Aquaculture Pacific, serves on the NWAA board of directors and has been involved in fisheries for more than 30 years. Bright also served on the board of NWAA’s predecessor organisation, the Washington Fish Growers Association.

Hodgin started his aquaculture career in 1986, when he worked in salmon culture for Stolt Sea Farm- Washington. From 1994 to 2018, he was site manager for Sea Farm of Washington and Cooke Aquaculture Pacific, and eventually managed all of Cooke’s marine sites in Washington.

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