SAS contributes in sustainable development of the aquaculture sector by reducing (unnecessary!) losses due to diseases, resulting in increased production performance. At the same time, SAS aims at continuous improvement in environmental and social performance in the aquaculture sector.
Dr. Ir. Karin van de Braak, Aquaculture Health Specialist with an M.Sc and Ph.D from Wageningen University, has worked for over 20 years on diverse aspects of shrimp and fish health and was responsible for the start-up and implementation of Aquaculture Health Management and Business Development for INVE Aquaculture in Asia.
As an independent advisor, she has been responsible for the development and implementation of a National Aquatic Animal Disease Surveillance System for FAO, in health assessment and implementation of biosecurity measures for farmers. Karin has been engaged in R&D in partnerships with Universities and works as a 3rd party auditor for several certification bodies.
Karin has a special interest in supporting sustainable development of the smallholder farming sector by addressing environmental and social aspects in collaboration with NGO’s and partners in the seafood supply chain. Always looking for opportunities to create win-win situations, Karin is able to zoom in on animal level and zoom out with a holistic approach on global level.
‘The economic, environmental and social benefits of improved aquatic animal health management are not mutually exclusive but strengthen each other!’