Hatchery International

Hatchery 101: Waste management

July 29, 2023
By Hatchery International staff

In order to protect the natural resources that drive hatchery production, hatcheries must implement clear and conscious waste management protocols. Host Ben Normand continues Hatchery International‘s four-part series on sustainability with a panel of experts who can share best practices that ensure the future health of the environment.

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Ben Normand is a fish farmer, writer, college instructor, and cheerleader for aquaculture.  He has worked with a variety of fin and shellfish species in both New Zealand and Canada in production management, compliance, and communications. In his spare time, you can find him spending time with his family, sailing, biking, and tinkering in his workshop.



Laura Bailey is a project engineer at McMillen Engineering. She has spent the last seven years of her career working with fish farms and fish hatcheries. She has had the opportunity to work with dozens of hatcheries across the U.S. to evaluate the condition of their infrastructure and develop designs for water reuse systems. Before moving to McMillen, she worked as a project engineer at the Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute focusing on recirculating aquaculture systems.


Trevor Gent is the director of Sales & Marketing at Alumichem in Birkerød, Denmark. He started his water treatment career back in 1998 in Canada and moved to Denmark with his wife in 2022 to focus on Aquaculture and helping clients achieve their environmental discharge limits.  Trevor’s team is focused on ensuring that solid/liquid separation technology and the water chemistry work together to meet the aquaculture installations needs.


Aaron Switzer is a hatchery manager, fish farmer at heart. He has climbed the ladder from an entry-level fish culturist to overseeing operations at three of Michigan’s six state run fish hatcheries. What began as an exercise in cutting utility costs eight years ago has turned into Michigan’s Fish Production Program leading the way with renewable energy. Aaron enjoys fishing, golfing, snowboarding and exploring the outdoors with his family.