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Hatchery 101: Climate change

January 6, 2023
By Hatchery International staff

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Juggling environmental goals and animal welfare goals is a hard balance to strike in a hatchery. With climate change being a growing concern, those goals can sometimes feel like a moving target. In this first of four webinars on sustainability, Host Ben Normand will talk to hatchery veterans and experts about the hatchery’s role in sustainable fish production.

Hatchery 101 series is sponsored by OxyGuard International.


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Ben Normand has been working in aquaculture for seven years.  His experience includes working with Rainbow trout, Chinook salmon, and Blue mussels in Canada and New Zealand. His education includes a B.A. from University of T0ronto in Environmental Policy and an Aquaculture Certificate from Fleming College.  He currently lives in P.E.I. where he is working as an operations manager with a mussel farming operation.


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Carlos Lopez is the commercial and operations manager at Spring Genetics (Benchmark Genetics USA). He is in charge of overseeing the commercial operations breeding nucleus, also providing technical support to customers in the United States and globally. He was recognized in 2022 as one of Hatchery International’s Top 10 Under 40.


Molly Steere is an engineer and technical editor at Four Peaks Environmental Science & Data Solutions. She has over 24 years of experience and is a foundational member of the Four Peaks Hatchery Assessment team. During her tenure, she has had the opportunity to assess dozens of hatcheries across the U.S. to evaluate the condition of their infrastructure and assess their climate change vulnerability.