GAA Offers New Social Responsibility Aquaculture Courses

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By Milthon Lujan

The Global Aquaculture Alliance has launched new social responsibility aquaculture courses. Written by social development consultant Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen, a member of GAA’s Standards Oversight Committee, the courses address social responsibility as an essential element of aquaculture. The course lessons cover fundamental labor rights, worker safety and health, and community relations. The course lessons are geared toward seafood processors and farmers.


“We consider social accountability a pillar of responsible aquaculture,” said GAA President George Chamberlain. “Our goal is to help students better understand the principles of social accountability, not just comply with standards or regulations.”
The social responsibility aquaculture courses are part of the Global Aquaculture Academy, GAA’s educational arm. They are housed on a new GAA website that’s easy to browse and navigate. The new courses provide interactivity and relevance through a dynamic combination of audio and visual content.

In addition to courses on social responsibility, the new GAA website, which is based on earlier work by the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation, a nonprofit partner of GAA, will present a range of courses on topics such as seafood safety, water quality and disease management. The website is still in development and will continue to improve over time, and courses will be transitioned over to the new GAA website over time. In addition to English, courses will be available in several other languages.

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About GAA
The Global Aquaculture Alliance is an international, nonprofit trade association dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture. Through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards, GAA has become the leading standards-setting organization for farmed seafood. GAA is also engaged in a number of pre-competitive activities, including its annual GOAL conference, Global Aquaculture Advocate news website, MyGAA online community, GAA Films and Global Aquaculture Academy.

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