Jonah van Beijnen is a passionate biologist with a focus on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. He strongly believes that the sustainable production and consumption of seafood is key in ensuring a better world for all of us.
In 2008, 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.
In 2016, he moved to Spain where he expanded his interest in the sustainable closed cycle aquaculture of tuna. 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. Recent projects he has worked on include the draft report on ESG risks in aquaculture for FAIRR, the development of training guidelines on Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqP) for the ASEAN region, the development of a national standard for sustainable aquaculture in Myanmar and the creation of a blueprint for the sustainable production of seafood for the NEOM region in Northern Saudi Arabia.
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