MRAG assists with alignment of seafood certification and ratings schemes

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Jill Swasey, MRAG America’s Director of Fisheries Technical Division, served as the key analytical consultant in the development of a new report that combines data of five leading sustainability NGOs for first time.

To learn more about the report and the Certification and Ratings Collaboration supporting the work, visit: SeafoodSource and Certification and Ratings Collaboration

Benjamin Hannah, Supply Chain Certifications Manager

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Ben HannahBenjamin Hannah
Supply Chain Certifications Manager

Mr. Hannah has been working for MRAG Americas, Inc. as a Seafood Sourcing Auditor since January 2019.  Previously, Benjamin worked as a subcontractor performing audits for MRAG.  He graduated with a BS degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston in May of 2018. His studies were focused on Marine Science where he worked closely with bivalve mollusks and aquaculture. Benjamin originates from a commercial fishing family and has spent the majority of his life commercially fishing and practicing sustainability.

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