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Hatchery International Top 10 Under 40 winners revealed

October 2, 2020  By Hatchery International staff

What do a hatchery manager, professor and research scientist have in common? They are all joining this year’s roster of the world’s Top 10 Under 40 hatchery professionals.

After evaluating an outstanding line-up of nominees from the across the world, the editorial team at Hatchery International is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Top 10 Under 40 (in alphabetical order by first name):

Brittany Peachey
Aquaculture Operations Manager
Hudson Valley Fisheries, U.S.A.

Curtis Crouse
Assistant Aquaculture Production Manager
The Freshwater Institute, U.S.A.


Dan Paynter
Production Manager
Halibut PEI Inc, Canada

Gareth Murphy
Hatchery Manager
Irish Salmon Smolts, Ireland

Jeff Hudson
General Manager
Riverence Brood LLC, U.S.A.

Kevin Demondion
Farm Manager
Swiss Alpine Fish AG, Switzerland

Mateo Espejo Valencia
Professor and researcher
Genipez – Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia

Nathan Cleasby
Technical Manager – Toomulla Beach
Ornatas, Australia

Noelia Rodriguez
Operations Manager
Barcaldine Hatchery, Scottish Sea Farms, Scotland

Yann Ramirez
Hatchery Senior Manager
Pacifico Aquaculture, Mexico

“These outstanding young professionals have shown great leadership, resilience, and a continuous drive to learn and grow so they can be an important contributor to the growth of their organization and the global aquaculture industry,” said Mari-Len De Guzman, editor of Hatchery International. “As we officially recognize the Top 10 Under 40 winners, we also commend all the exemplary nominees we received this year for the important work they do in their respective organizations.”

Sponsored by MSD Animal Health, the annual Top 10 Under 40 recognizes exceptional young professionals in the hatchery sector across the world. Through a nomination process, the candidates are evaluated by Hatchery International’s editorial team based on a set of criteria: leadership, knowledge, technical skills and sustainability.

The winners of the Top 10 Under 40 will be profiled in the November/December issue of Hatchery International.

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