Seafood foundation chooses executive director


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
October 15, 2012

The Seafood Foundation has chosen Linda Cornish to serve as its new executive director.

The foundation works to promote seafood as part of a healthy diet, and Cornish has a background in working with businesses and promoting healthier eating. She is a co-founder of the Memphis Farmers Market, which now has over 60 farmers and more than 65,000 customers.

Cornish also has been a past VP for the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, worked at the Arthur Anderson consulting firm, and most recently served as chief operating officer at the Bill of Rights Institute in Washington.

“Linda is an exceptional leader, who knows how important it is to fund and build partnerships for what will certainly prove to be a driving force in communicating about the vital health benefits of seafood,” said Jack Kilgore, President of the Consumer Products Division of Rich Products Corporation and member of the foundation’s steering committee.

Cornish, who will be traveling to Bangkok for the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s GOAL 2012 meeting, noted that studies from national and international organizations conclude more must be done to educate consumers about the risks of not eating seafood.

“Building awareness of the real risks of not eating seafood is a crucial component to helping not only consumers but doctors and dietitians understand what is at stake here,” Cornish said. “If misunderstanding and misinformation was scaring consumers away from vegetables, the public health community would not stand for it. The same goes for seafood.”

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