Chief Operations Officer
Michael is a true Aquaculturist. With a B.Sc. in Fisheries Management from California State University at Humboldt, Michael’s passion and professional dedication is to expand the commercial culture of great-tasting food fish, and to create meaningful employment in countries and communities that need sustainable development.
Michael has worked in commercial aquaculture since 1988, starting in salmon farming in Oregon, and then growing with the salmon industry’s expansion in Chile. Michael joined a small group of pioneering companies that were working in the remote XI and XII regions of the Patagonia – as far south as the Straits of Magellan. For 13 years he worked in these remote regions, refining industry growth strategies and building teams of dedicated professionals to operate multiple productions sites. He grew companies from startup stage to 20,000 MT of salmon production per year, together with growing the essential support base of diverse service companies. This experience informs Michael’s vision for future opportunities, and underscores for him the importance of sustainable industry-wide management strategies.
In 2009, Michael saw opportunity – and need – for his pioneering vision to be applied to the fledgling industry culturing high-value, warm water marine fish. Michael had spent several years reviewing all the various species and locations for aquaculture expansion, and saw in kampachi - Seriola rivoliana – a tremendous growth opportunity. Michael took up the challenge in Mexico and Kona with Kona Blue Water Farms, and then together with Neil, founded Kampachi Farms, LLC, to pursue these passions. Kampachi Farms is focusing on the global need for expanded production of high-value, marine fin-fish, and pursuit of “next generation” technologies.