IFCNR is pleased to announce the newest member of our Board of Directors, Lorenzo Juarez! The mandate of IFCNR has always been to promote sustainable use of our natural resources in an ethical manner and to be objective and honest in its analysis on any issue. Lorenzo is an incredibly valuable addition to the team at IFCNR for both his past experience and current work which coincide with IFCNR’s purpose.
As the Chief Operating Officer of Global Blue Technologies’ aquaculture companies, Lorenzo brings 38 years of experience managing aquaculture projects. From production, research and development; to sales, regulation, and policy; across countries and species of farmed fish and shrimp; Lorenzo has worked for industry, governments, and NGOs. He 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 the 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.
Thank you, Lorenzo, and welcome to the Board!