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XpertSea steps up aquaculture sustainability drive

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
16 February 2022, at 9:00am

XpertSea has named Roxanne Nanninga its chief sustainability officer in a bid to reward responsible farming practices and bring more transparent, environmentally-conscious seafood to market.

Roxanne Nanninga joins XpertSea from Thai Union
Roxanne Nanninga joins XpertSea from Thai Union

Nanninga joins XpertSea* from her previous role as senior director of sustainability at Thai Union North America, where she led wide-reaching initiatives for responsible aquaculture and traceability.

She has worked in multiple sectors, from environmental non-profit, to international corporations, to founding a startup to address the complex challenges facing global fisheries and ocean conservation.

“Roxanne is a leader for change in the seafood industry and we’re thrilled that she has joined XpertSea at this time of growth for our company," said Valerie Robitaille, XpertSea’s CEO. “With her vast experience driving implementation of responsible practices across global supply chains, Roxanne will play an important role in helping XpertSea achieve its mission of bringing more traceable and sustainable seafood to the world."

“Working at the intersection of technology, finance, and seafood operations creates a fantastic opportunity to drive change in the industry," said Nanninga. “The world is increasingly connected and demands healthy, responsibly-produced food to feed our changing planet. I believe that we, at XpertSea, can empower farmers, buyers and seafood consumers to produce and consume more responsibly by realigning incentives and bringing a new level of transparency.”

“We are thrilled with the appointment,” said Amy Novogratz, co-founder and managing partner at Aqua-Spark and an XpertSea board member. “Roxanne’s track record in guiding some of the world's largest seafood companies to taking a sustainable path, combined with XpertSea’s commitment to increasing sustainable seafood production while powering a transparent global shrimp marketplace, makes it clear that shrimp is moving toward a more ecological and socially just future.”

In 2021, XpertSea raised a US $20 million Series B funding round and was ranked as one of Canada's fastest-growing companies by Deloitte Fast 50 and The Globe and Mail.

*XpertSea, like Hatch, is part of Aqua-Spark's investment portfolio, but The Fish Site retains editorial independence.