Erin Hrastar, Seafood Sourcing Audit Coordinator

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Erin HrastarErin Hrastar
Seafood Sourcing Audit Coordinator

Ms. Hrastar joined MRAG in November of 2020 as a Seafood Sourcing Audit Coordinator, delivering independent audit services to the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). After nine years of living and working in the Virgin Islands where she was a business owner and volunteer for St. John’s National Park, Ms. Hrastar is now working for MRAG, based out of St. Petersburg, FL. Ms. Hrastar earned a BA from Colorado State University and is proficient in several different facets of business including budget and bookkeeping, communications, product acquisition and inventory.

Using online data visualization and analysis to facilitate public involvement in management of catch share programs

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Jill H. Swasey is author of a new publication, ‘Using online data visualization and analysis to facilitate public involvement in management of catch share programs‘, published in Marine Policy, Available online October 2020 (104272).

This case study examines the experience of the interdisciplinary Measuring the Effects of Catch Shares (MECS) project, designed to explore the opportunities and constraints for third-party acquisition, organization, and communication of government fisheries statistics in order to track the ecological, economic, social, and governance outcomes of catch share programs.  The MECS project focused on the effects of two US catch share programs: the Northeast Multispecies Sector Program implemented in 2010 in the Northeast groundfish fishery and the Shorebased IFQ Program implemented in 2011 in the West Coast groundfish trawl fishery.  The project succeeded in developing a website as a useful tool that brings together and communicates disparate information not otherwise readily accessible.

Jennie Harrington new Director of Supply Chain Certification

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Jennie Harrington has been promoted to new position of Director of Supply Chain Certification at MRAG Americas. She will be heading up MRAG Americas’ Team for MSC Chain of Custody and our supply chain certification work for other clients, including Whole Foods Market. She has been MRAG Americas’ Senior Manager for Chain of Custody certifications for the past 13 years, bringing well over a decade of experience and expertise to this new role. As team lead, we are excited to have her taking charge of the team and looking forward to the future development of the program.

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.

Dedicated resources for more MSC auditing in the Asia-Pacific Region

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We have embarked on a new and exciting initiative with our sister company MRAG Asia-Pacific, increasing our presence as an accredited MSC Conformity Assessment Body in the Asia-Pacific Region.  We have expanded our program management capacity to include staff in Brisbane, Australia and have begun the hiring process for new contract auditors, with an initial focus on Indonesia and Thailand.  We are looking forward to growing our business with a dedicated, regionally based client service team in the Asia-Pacific Region.

New staff in the Northeast

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Ben Hannah has joined us as a full-time Seafood Supply Chain Auditor based out of our Danvers, MA office.  Ben will be serving our MSC and ASC Chain of Custody clients on the east coast and has already proven himself invaluable.  Ben graduated from UMass Boston in 2018 with a major in Environmental Science and has a background in commercial clamming and fishing.  We are very happy to welcome Ben to the MRAG Americas team!

Erika Zollett and NOAA Fisheries scientists to develop recommendations to increase survivability of vulnerable marine animals

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MRAG researcher Erika Zollett teams up with NOAA Fisheries scientists to develop recommendations to increase survivability of vulnerable marine animals bycaught in fishing gear: Safe handling practices to increase post-capture survival of cetaceans, sea turtles, seabirds, sharks, and billfish in tuna fisheries; by Erika A. Zollett, MRAG Americas and Yonat Swimmer, NOAA Fisheries, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

MRAG certifies fisheries as MSC Sustainable Fisheries

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MRAG Americas is ONE of THREE companies in the continental United States that certifies fisheries against the MSC Standard for Sustainable Fisheries; and provides chain of custody to offer supply chain assurances. When you see that logo – you have confidence that the seafood you’re eating has been managed and fished in a sustainable way and can be traced back to the fishery. Sourcing seafood from a sustainable fishery provides confidence that science and management employ approaches to ensure that the fishery will continue to support livelihoods and maintain healthy fish populations. For more information check out our Seafood Sourcing and Fisheries Certification Divisions.