Chris Ninnes was appointed CEO of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) in October 2011. Then a fledgling organisation with no farms certified and no labelled products on sale he has led ASC through a period of remarkable growth. Under his leadership ASC has emerged as the leading standard setter for the dynamic and expanding aquaculture industry.
Chris has promoted responsible seafood production and consumption throughout a career in the global seafood industry. Before joining the ASC, Chris was Deputy CEO and Director of Operations at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) from 2006 to 2011, where he led the expansion of the MSC’s technical and commercial work. He has been a professional inshore fisherman, and has worked for the UK Department for International Development from 1983 to 2002 where he advised on seafood industry development issues in Africa and the Caribbean. Following a period as Technical Director for MRAG Ltd., Chris also served as Vice President of MRAG Americas.