Marcelo Hidalgo has over 20 years of experience in quality, food safety and sustainable management of seafood products in the main seafood-producing countries, specifically in fisheries and aquaculture (shrimp, tilapia, salmon, seriola/cobia and tuna). He has been working on sustainability and labor issues in the seafood industry since 2010 as a trained lead auditor in seafood traceability doing seafood processing audits by chain of custody and SA8000 social criteria, imparting and training at different levels in the seafood supply chain globally (seafood processing workers, supervisors, fishermen, observers, government, seafood company managers and directors, retailers, university and NGOs).
Marcelo has been a coordinator of the MSC Chain of Custody and traceability implementation in 8 Pacific countries, where he was responsible for overseeing training programmes, documentation management and performance with fishing companies, carrier companies, and a processors and observers’ programme that belong to the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA). He was responsible for capacity building on the MSC CoC Group standard for: WCPFC, FFA, SPC, MINRA, NORMA, FFA, NFC and NFA. He has been the coordinator of the MSC PNA Group CoC, in the Western Central Pacific Ocean Region. Marcelo has marketing experience within European market, Canada, South Africa and Australia from his work planning and training retailers regarding sustainable fisheries and aquaculture suppliers. Marcelo is a current advisor on labour on the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) board in London. He is an advisor on sustainable fishery certification to the Fisheries Industry Association (FIA) in Papua New Guinea. He is also an advisor on traceability and labour matters to the SeafoodTaskforce in Bangkok, Thailand.
Marcelo is currently the Science and Standard Coordinator for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture and postgraduate studies in Food Science and International trading. He has been speaker in tuna and shrimp forums globally.