Chicken of the Sea exec named president of Canada lobster MSC certification group
Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods Manager Technical Services Darrin Moran has been named the president of the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Lobster Eco-Certification Society.
The group oversees the Marine Stewardship Council certification for the inshore lobster trap fishery for the Canadian Maritimes. Moran previously served as vice president of the group, and has been a board member of the Lobster Society since 2014. While serving on the board, Moran backed a successful effort to combine the MSC certifications of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, “allowing for more transparency across client groups and greater access to MSC-certified product,” according to a company press release.
Moran’s role with Chicken of the Sea requires him to act as the key contact for the company’s procurement and packaging teams and requires him to be informed on all MSC rules, managing and executing any changes that may affect COSFF production.
“As a leading seafood provider, Thai Union is more dedicated than ever to producing and selling high-quality seafood products,” Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods said in a press release. “To ensure this remains possible, the brand has committed to three overarching aims: the seas are sustainable now and for future generations, our workers are safe, legally employed and empowered, and combating climate change and promoting healthy diets through sustainable seafood. Working closely with sustainability organizations, like the MSC, allows Thai Union to stay accountable around the globe.”
Moran’s efforts fall under Chicken of the Sea parent company Thai Union’s Sea Change sustainability efforts. Previously led by Thai Union Group Global Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Darian McBain, the program is now under the leadership of Thai Union Group Director for Sustainability Adam Brennan, who was appointed in October 2021, following McBain’s departure from Thai Union in July 2021.
Separately, Chicken of the Sea has also donated 500,000 servings of protein to U.S. students at the University of California Los Angeles, California State, University Long Beach, Loyola Marymount University, and El Camino College. The company said in a press release it sought to address issues of food insecurity on U.S. college campuses, where “financial aid is insufficient, while tuition and living costs are rising, leaving students wondering where they might find their next meal once dining halls and dorms close for the holiday.”
“This holiday season, it’s important that we all do our part to give back in any way we can – both big and small. That’s why Chicken of the Sea is honored to support college organizations, like the LMU Food Pantry, that provide free food to students experiencing hunger due to financial strain,” Chicken of the Sea Senior Director of Corporate Communications Craig Rexroad said. “Our company avidly supports the global call for action to help preserve access to safe and nutritious food. We hope these donations help to alleviate food insecurity on campuses so students can focus more on learning and celebrating this upcoming season with those they love.”
The company said it has also partnered with Convoy of Hope and the Old Savannah City Mission to make food donations to vulnerable populations within the local communities in California where the company operates.
Photo courtesy of Darrin Moran