Hatchery International

Hatchery 101: Recruitment & training

April 19, 2022
By Hatchery International staff

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Capturing talent takes skill, instinct and creativity. Our Hatchery 101 webinar series host, Ron Hill, will talk to veteran hatchery professionals to share their ideas and techniques to building a great operations team. This live roundtable, sponsored by OxyGuard International, will take place at 11 am EST on May 18, 2022.

Moderated by:

Ron Hill, CEO and founder of Velocity Aqua

Ron Hill is a 15-year aquaculture professional with a wide array of experience and skills. Ron has a strong background in hatchery operations, aquaculture education and aquaculture content. Ron is the founder and CEO of Velocity Aqua – Aquaculture Entrepreneur Support Service and the host of “Think Tanks – The Sustainable Aquaculture Podcast.”


Jeff Hetrick

Director of Alutiiq Pride Marine Institute


Jeff Hetrick is a 40-year veteran of the Alaska aquaculture industry. Prior to taking over the role of director of the Alutiiq Pride Marine Institute (APMI) in Seward, Alaska in 2002, Jeff worked for 20 years in salmon enhancement, working for private non-profits as well as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. APMI produces oysters and geoducks for the aquatic farm industry. It also produces several varieties of clams for beaches in South Central Alaska—including littleneck, butter, and razor clams.


Benjamin Normand

Operations Manager of PEI Mussel Farms

Ben Normand has been working in aquaculture for 7 years.  His experience includes working with Rainbow trout, Chinook Salmon, and Blue Mussels, in both Canada and New Zealand. His education includes a B.A. from U of T in Environmental Policy and an Aquaculture Certificate from Fleming College.  He currently lives in PEI where he is working as an Operations Manager with a Mussel farming operation.


Leah Stoker

Senior Advisor, Headhunter and Business Development

Leah Stoker has been a part of the AquacultureTalent team for more than two years. She has developed new business for the company in the United States, sourcing positions and professionals to fill key roles in the aquaculture, seafood and fisheries industries. “I’m a match maker – the spark has to be there and the want to work together, and then connect, and be dedicated to the other,” she said. Stoker’s professional background includes aquaculture, business development, career counselling and recruiting.