Board Members



Koji Fusa is recognized worldwide for his involvement in the creation of sustainable, ethical solutions to environmental and humanitarian problems affecting how to increase the safe food supply, protect the oceans and encourage sound economic development in emerging nations such as Myanmar. Mr. Fusa is respected for his pioneering and innovative approach to international finance and received numerous honors for his work in the United Kingdom and Japan. He co-founded numerous successful investment ventures. Currently, Mr. Fusa focuses on agriculture and aquaculture projects throughout Asia that provide real solutions to environmental and social problems currently plaguing fisheries, farmed seafood, and land-based crops around the globe. Mr. Fusa is an author, columnist and highly sought speaker on economic and social conditions in Asia. He is also a special strategic advisor to the Pediatrics Department of Oxford University and Member of the Board of Benefactors for Christ Church, Oxford.



Stephen LaPointe is an internationally respected certified public accountant and founder of LaPointe and Company PC, a certified public accounting and management-consulting firm. Mr. LaPointe is responsible for financial, tax and consulting engagements for his firm’s clients involved in a diversity of industries throughout the United States of America, Central and South America and Europe. His experience includes forming and directing international organizations in both profit and not-for-profit arenas. Mr. LaPointe is an alumnus of George Washington University and graduated from Benjamin Franklin University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Accounting.

John Aquilino


John D. Aquilino, Jr. is a writer/researcher and has written extensively on environmental issues for the past twenty years. He is a former journalist and photographer. He was Director of Public Education for the National Rifle Association, concentrating on public and family safety, law enforcement training, and Constitutional Rights. Under his leadership, NRA enjoyed its highest level of media and public approval and credibility. He is particularly interested in biomedical research and marine biology as well as social, environmental and criminal justice issues. Mr. Aquilino graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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As the Chief Operating Officer of Global Blue Technologies’ aquaculture companies, Lorenzo brings 38 years of experience managing aquaculture projects across production, Research and Development, sales, regulation, policy, and across countries and farmed species of fish and shrimp. Lorenzo has worked for industry, governments, and NGO’s and is a past president and a fellow of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS).

Lorenzo has a master’s degree in Aquaculture from Auburn University (Alabama, USA) and a B.Sc. from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico. His previous positions include independent consulting; COO of Yorktown Technologies (makers of transgenic fish for the ornamental trade); CEO of Baja Aquaculture Inc. (a US holding with companies that farm marine fish and oysters in Mexico, and manufacture offshore farming equipment in Maine); Deputy Director of NOAA’s Office of Aquaculture in Washington, DC; President of Shrimp Improvement Systems (SIS); Director of SyAqua, Mexico; and General Manager of GMSB, in its time the largest shrimp hatchery in the world. Lorenzo was also Deputy Regional Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Research for the Mexican Ministry of Fisheries.

Throughout his career, he has written extensively about his experiences with shrimp hatchery operations, selective breeding programs, offshore mariculture, and about aquaculture and environmental sustainability. He has published numerous works in peer-reviewed journals and trade magazines, including two chapters in a 2010 book summarizing advances in shrimp farming. Lorenzo is a past president of the Mexican Association of Shrimp Hatcheries (2003). He founded and was first president of the Mexican Association of Marine Fish Farmers (2014) and is a past president of the Latin American Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society. Lorenzo lives with his wife Rosa in the greater Tampa Bay area in Florida.


Michelle Aberson has extensive experience as an educator at the secondary level, where she served on Teacher Leadership Teams and directed Math/Science Professional Learning Communities. She is a respected member of the community, as her leadership and involvement in various civic organizations has helped to enhance the lifestyle of those living in her rural northwest Iowa hometown. Her outstanding organizational, communication, and administrative skills, as well as her teaching abilities, are an asset to IFCNR. Mrs. Aberson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Iowa along with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Buena Vista University.


Dr. Aberson is an accomplished health practitioner and financial resource expert. His interest in health and nutrition led to his involvement in the future of aquaculture technology and its place within the environment. His belief that Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) technology can and will play a significant role sourcing quality marine protein, improving the world’s oceans by diminishing overfishing and bycatch waste and becoming a sound financial profit center, led to his full time involvement in sustainable aquaculture development. Dr. Aberson recently took on a new role as President and CEO of Prometheus Progeniture Technologies, Ltd., which is focused on building and operating the most globally important and scientifically comprehensive, wholly-owned genetics research and development center for marine protein. Dr. Aberson graduated from Northwestern College of Iowa and Palmer College of Chiropractic. He served as president of the O’Brien County Conservation Board with operational oversight of the Prairie Heritage Center. Dr. Aberson provided X-ray equipment to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for use in wildlife forensic investigations.