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Standards Oversight Committee

The Standards Oversight Committee directs the drafting of standards by BAP technical committees and reports its recommendations to the GAA board of directors for final standards approval. With assistance from the BAP standards coordinator, the SOC also coordinates revisions and other aspects of standards development and implementation.

SOC meetings are held annually at every GOAL meeting and include a management review in which SOC members are directly informed of progress and developments within the BAP program. All stakeholders are invited to submit issues of concern via the SOC. Copies of SOC meeting minutes are available on request from BAP Standards Coordinator Dan Lee by emailing

The membership of the Standards Oversight Committee represents a balance of stakeholder interests, as well as different geographic regions and entities that range from major international seafood retailers to regional environmental organizations and universities. The current committee membership is shown below.

SOC Committee

Dr. George Chamberlain, Global Aquaculture Alliance (Chair)
Sebastian Belle, Maine Aquaculture Association Director
Estelle Brennan, Lyons Seafoods Ltd.
Pete Bridson, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dr. Alejandro Buschmann, i-mar Research and Development Center
of Coastal Resources and Environments
Kathy Janiga, Darden Restaurants
Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen, Independent Social Development Consultant
Dr. David Little, University of Stirling
Dr. Steve Otwell, University of Florida
Dawn Purchase, Marine Conservation Society
Dr. Jerry Schubel, Aquarium of the Pacific
Dr. Michael Tlusty, New England Aquarium