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Troutlodge general manager joins Northwest Aquaculture board
March 21, 2023 By Hatchery International staff
Claudio R. Cerda is the newest board member of the Northwest Aquaculture Alliance (NWAA).
Cerda is the general manger of Bonney Lake, Troutlodge’s incubation facility in Washington State. Troutlodge is a division of Hendrix Genetics and is a leading producer of eyed trout eggs.
Cerda, a Chilean citizen, received his Engineer in Aquaculture degree from Universidad de Los Lagos, in Osorno, Chile. During his 28-year career, he has worked in Chile, Ecuador, and the United States, managing operations primarily focused on salmon and trout. Cerda also spent four years managing a shrimp farm in Ecuador for a joint venture between global feed company, Skretting, Hendrix-Genetics, and a local shrimp producer.
“Claudio Cerda has the vision and commitment to develop the US aquaculture industry as it has developed in major producing countries where he has worked in various aquaculture sectors,” said NWAA president Jim Parsons in a press statement. He is also the chief executive of Jamestown Seafood.
“Aquaculture is the future,” Cerda said in a press statement. “We must commit ourselves to a bigger vision where all modes of aquaculture are embraced and accepted as an environmentally sustainable way to produce food the world needs. It’s happened in other countries, it should happen here.”
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