Since 1972, Roy Palmer has been involved trading seafood and other food products and has traveled the world extensively. In 1978, he lived in Hong Kong for one year and was in charge of seafood trading for an organization there. In 1975, Palmer was named the inaugural president of the Victorian Importers Association and became involved with Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service committees and Seafood Services Australia’s Fish Names program. From 1991 to 2003, he was involved in three retail seafood companies. During this period, he was appointed deputy chairman of SeaQual and to the board of Seafood Training Australia.
Palmer was named director of Seafood Services Australia for two terms and participated in the Victorian government’s Fisheries Co-Management Council for three years. After winning the inaugural Australian Seafood Training Award in 2003, Palmer landed a career in training. Currently, Palmer is head of industry training and education for the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre. He has been involved with Seafood Experience Australia since 2006 and became its CEO in May 2008. Additionally, Palmer contributes to numerous magazines and journals and regularly presents at conferences worldwide.
Dr. Antonio Garza de Yta (Mexico City, 1973). Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey (1997). M.Sc. (2001) and Ph.D. in Aquaculture (2009) from Auburn University. Director of International Training and Outreach of the Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture Department at Auburn University. Current Board Member of CRM International S.C. (Mexico, 2001) and Aquaculture Global LLC (2009). Permanent Secretariat of the International Association of Astacology (IAA) since 2010. Recently appointed Technical Director of the International Center of Strategic Studies in Aquaculture (ICSSA).
During the last decade Dr. Garza worked hands-on with farmers and was actively involved in turnkey projects and training in aquaculture in Mexico and Latin America. He has given lectures on crustacean aquaculture, water quality management and aquaculture development and performed training around the world. Dr. Garza has worked as a private consultant for aquaculture projects in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Chile, Argentina, Ghana, Lebanon, and Australia. He has been involved in diagnostic and strategic planning and has cooperated actively with the FAO since 2007. As well, he has participated as speaker in most of the important events of aquaculture worldwide (WAS, IAA, FAO amoung others). Dr. Garza has published and served as reviewer of articles in scientific journals and magazines in the Americas and Asia and currently is developing a book of Principles of Aquaculture.
In the recent years Dr. Garza, in collaboration with Troy Hahn and Auburn University’s Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, developed the Certification of Aquaculture Professionals (CAP) Program. Since 2008, promoting this program has occupied most of his time. He has been actively promoting the Certification in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He firmly believes that education in and professionalization of aquaculture are the key components most needed worldwide to develop individual and commercial enterprise.
Jose Ferrnandez Polanco has a PhD in economics and management and is Professor of marketing research at the University of Cantabria (Spain). During the past 15 years he has been focused on seafood consumption and marketing, participating in national and international public and private research projects. As a result of this research activity he has published several official reports and articles and regularly presents at the most relevant international conferences on aquaculture and fisheries economics. Main research topics are, consumer behavior, market development, species substitution and seafood retailing. He is director at Aquaculture without Frontiers and co-chair of the program committee for the WAS-EAS joint conference to be held in Prague in September 2012.
Marco Saroglia has a Master in Biology and a Specialization in General Pathology. He is full Professor of Animal Sciences and Technologies at University of Insubria in Varese, Italy, where lectures courses on Aquaculture sciences and Halieutic Biotechnologies, chairing the PhD School in Assesment, Protection and Exploitation of Biodiversity. In more than 40 years of research activity, he afforded studies on fish physiology, nutrigenomics, molecular biology applications in aquaculture sciences, fish quality for human nutrition, with a total of almost 300 scientific publications, books and communications to international congresses.
Prof. Saroglia served on the Board of Directors of the European Aquaculture Society, then as Director of the World Aquaculture Society. During his activity he contributed to the development of aquaculture projects in Europe and in developing countries, serving in FAO and in other worldwide organization. Partner as well as coordinator of EU research projects, among his most recent interests are molecular and ‘omics applications in fish quality for human nutrition.
Troy J Hahn Bachelor of Science in Management Information systems from Auburn University, Auburn Alabama and a Master Degree in Higher Education Administration focusing on distance education from Auburn University. Director of Technology for the International Online Training Program, Certification for Aquaculture Professionals as well as run the day to day operations of academic technology for the Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture Department at Auburn University. Current Board Member of the Truman Pierce Institute’s Future Trends in Technology Program. In the past 10 years has setup and managed over 30 unique websites, managed and setup numerous server environments globally. Recently his main focus has been on academic technology, how this technology can be implemented and utilized in various synchronous and asynchronous learning environments, deploying large scale WordPress environments, deploying and implementing various learning management systems and creating a multilingual online community for learners of all ages within the Aquaculture industry.