Newfoundland association announces new executive director

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Baker joins NAIA following the departure of Mark Lane.

On Tuesday, the Newfoundland and Labrador Aquaculture Industry Association announced the arrival of its new Executive Director, Jamie Baker.

According to the release issued by the association, Baker has previously held leadership positions in the areas of communications, news media, and industry representation.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA) is a member based organization that represents the interests of seafood farmers and their suppliers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Commenting on the appointment, NAIA President Jason Card said, “I am very excited to see Jamie begin as Executive Director for NAIA, and I believe he joins the industry association at a key point in our industry’s development. Global seafood powerhouses have established or grown their finfish operations in the province recently, while an exciting consolidation continues in the shellfish sector that will make that sector stronger than ever.”

“I have every confidence that Jamie will make sure the positive impact of sustainable aquaculture is effectively communicated and understood in this province and abroad, and I wish him every success in this role.”

NAIA Executive Director Jamie Baker added, “I am excited to join the team at NAIA, and to be part of an industry that has so much potential for positive growth. Aquaculture plays such a critical role to both the province’s economy, particularly in rural areas, and also in terms of food security. I have always been a strong proponent for responsible marine resource development, so working with the province’s aquaculture industry is really a perfect fit and a tremendous opportunity. I share NAIA’s vision of setting the standard for responsible aquaculture and its mission to promote opportunities for aquaculture in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Baker joins NAIA following the departure of Mark Lane, who now serves as impact manager at philanthropic organization, The Northpine Foundation.