New director at Aquaculture without Frontiers


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 31, 2011

Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) on Monday appointed Dave Conley as executive director.

Conley joined the board of directors in February 2010 and has been actively volunteering his time to completely redesign the AwF website, reaching out to other NGOs working in aquaculture development, and managing the communications program. He has also updated the volunteer database with the goal of better utilizing this resource to expand the reach and effectiveness of AwF.

“We are extremely pleased with all the work that Dave has done since joining us,” said Michael New, founder of AwF. “He has made numerous suggestions to help us become more efficient and has impressed me with his energy and dedication to achieving the mission of AwF.”

Additionally, AwF is reorganizing its structure. There will now be an executive committee composed of the chair (M.C. Nandeesha), chair-elect (Barry Costa?Pierce), executive director (Dave Conley), secretary (John Cooksey), treasurer (Roy Palmer) and executive committee member (David Little). The board has also added six new directors representing 11 countries: Charles Bai, Pierre Erwes, Jose Manuel Fernandez-Polanco, Kenny McCaffrey, Patricia Moraes-Valenti and Shakuntala Thilsted.

With the new team in place, AwF is embarking upon a major fundraising campaign to raise USD 1 million over the next 18 to 24 months.

“The scope of our work is expanding, as is the geographic range of projects we are now considering,” said Costa-Pierce. “Project proposals have recently been received from Haiti, Kenya, Zambia, Mexico, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, with more arriving every month. The need for our help is obvious, and we have a lot of work to do.”

Click here to read SeafoodSource Editor Steven Hedlund’s interview with Conley, which ran on 28 June.

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