Jonah van Beijnen

Jonah van Beijnen

Jonah van Beijnen is a passionate biologist with a focus on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. He strongly believes that sustainable production and consumption of seafood is key to ensuring a better world.

Ten years ago, he co-founded Fins and Leaves (formally the Centre for Sustainability) in the Philippines and developed one of the country’s first grouper (Epinephelus) hatcheries. For a number of years, he and his colleagues worked on fine-tuning a sustainable hatchery protocol, which allowed for production of commercial quantities of fingerlings without the use of antibiotics or chemicals. The centre was able to commercialise the production of several grouper species and a number of other high value marine finfish. Additionally, he has a great interest in tuna and has been working with different tuna fisheries and conservation projects in Southeast Asia and Europe.

Recently, the author moved back to Europe where he expanded his interest in the sustainable closed cycle aquaculture of tuna. From his home base in southern Spain, through his company VB Consultancy, he continues to provide consultancy services to assist projects, private companies, and governments in improving the sustainability of their fisheries and aquaculture operations.

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