Mark Nijhof (1964) studied aquaculture and fisheries management and environmental technology at the Agricultural University of Wageningen. Subsequently, he did a Ph.D study on intensive marine aquaculture systems. After two years of guiding a pilot scale recirculation turbot farm, he joined Europe’s leading shrimp processing company Heiploeg BV in Zoutkamp, the Netherlands, in 1995. After focussing predominantly on processing technology and overall quality assurance, the aspect responsible shrimp fisheries and aquaculture became a prime topic of his work in 2004. He initiated the MSC certification process of the Brown shrimp fisheries in Europe and the GLOBALG.A.P. (former: EurepGAP) standard for shrimp culture. Currently he is employed by the Parlevliet & Van der Plas Group, the mother organization owning Heiploeg. His profound interest in the aquatic environment is also reflected by his career as a sports diver, underwater photographer and dive instructor, with thousands of dives logged during last 30 years.
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Aquaculture in Version 5
Retailer and supplier members from the Aquaculture committee will present the latest proposals for the new IFA Aquaculture Standard V5.