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Dr. Craig Foster appointed chief executive of Clean Seas Tuna

Clean Seas Tuna Limited has announced the appointment of Australian Aquaculture Industry expert Dr. Craig Foster as the company's new chief executive officer. The company said the appointment follows an extensive global executive search for a CEO to lead Clean Seas into the next phase of its Southern Bluefin Tuna and Kingfish breeding operations.

January 5, 2012


Clean Seas Tuna Limited has announced the appointment of Australian Aquaculture Industry expert Dr. Craig Foster as the company's new chief executive officer. The company said the appointment follows an extensive global executive search for a CEO to lead Clean Seas into the next phase of its Southern Bluefin Tuna and Kingfish breeding operations.

Dr. Foster has been independent Chairman of Clean Seas Tuna Research Management Advisory Group for the past four years, which includes research providers, the Australian Seafood Cooperation Research Centre and Australian Fisheries Research and Development Co-operation, supporting the technological progress of Clean Seas Tuna’s Bluefin lifecycle closure for commercial operation.

"Dr. Foster's intimate knowledge of Australian aquaculture, research abilities and disciplines, plus finfish cultivation, brings additional merits that will be beneficial for the Company in the year ahead,"Clean Seas Chairman John Ellice-Flint said.

Dr. Foster began his career after gaining a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours), from the University of Queensland, returning in 1984 to complete a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology, majoring in Fish Nutrition, before joining the Aquaculture Industry.

In his 24-year aquaculture career, Dr. Foster managed the Research and Development for Tasmania’s largest salmon hatchery, and worked at Australian fish feed manufacturer, Gibson’s Ltd. He became managing director when Gibson’s was purchased by  Nutreco 

During his involvement with the feed company, production increased by five-fold with Dr. Foster having close supportive involvement in the development of the salmonid farming industry.

In 2005 he became the vice chair of the National Aquaculture Council of Australia, assuming the chairmanship in 2008 until 2011. In addition to his chairing the Research Management Advisory Group, Dr. Foster became a director of the Australian Seafood Co-operative Research Centre. Dr. Foster will commence duties for Clean Seas Tuna later this month.

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