Szemerda takes newly created sustainability role for Cooke

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On Wednesday, the company named Michael Szemerda to the role. Szemerda has been with Cooke for 30 years and currently works as the vice president of saltwater operations for Cooke Aquaculture’s North American operations.

The industry veteran  will oversee all environmental programmes and regulatory programmes, industry certifications, and sustainability initiatives across Cooke’s global wild and farmed subsidiaries.

“We are fortunate to have some of the best and brightest minds in wild fisheries and aquaculture working to innovate and implement practices using sound science and advanced technologies to ensure our seafood is sustainable,” said Szemerda. “I’m excited to unify these efforts and continue this important work with our colleagues around the globe.”

Chief executive Glenn Cooke said, “Michael has shown great leadership throughout his career with Cooke, and he has vast experience with all of Cooke’s saltwater operations around the globe.

“We’re thrilled that he has accepted this role at such a pivotal time of growth for our company. We know his experience with our operations and knowledge of the seafood industry will help us in our commitment to protecting and enhancing the marine environments we work in.”

Szemerda will start his new job when a replacement has been recruited to fill his current role.