Chain of Custody Technical Advisory Committee

About the Technical Advisory Committee

The Chain of Custody Technical Advisory Committee is comprised of knowledgeable and invested members of our community. The role of this Committee is to provide technical input into development and review of a Chain of Custody Standard and supporting technical documents of the Scheme, including the technical relevance and appropriateness of the Standard, for use as a third-party, accredited certification scheme.  We thank them for their service.

All members have agreed to the Terms of Reference.


April 12, 2018: Conference call

September 20, 2017: New Orleans, LA

May 24, 2017: New Orleans, LA

John Fallon, Audubon Nature Institute – Chair

John was a founding member of the Aquarium Conservation Committee, the group that spearheaded the development of the Sustainable Seafood Project for Audubon Nature Institute. In August 2012, John became the Coordinator of Audubon Nature Institute’s Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries and in 2014 became the Assistant Director of Outreach and Engagement. John oversees G.U.L.F.’s overall outreach, messaging, communications, and events and he spearheads the Restaurant Partnership Program.

Laura Picariello, Texas Sea Grant

Laura Picariello is the Fisheries Specialist for Texas Sea Grant. Laura is the former Director for Audubon Nature Institute’s Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries and managed the development and operation of the G.U.L.F. RFM certification program from August 2015-May 2018, as well as, coordinated several Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) across the Gulf region. Laura’s experience in fisheries and marine science extends across multiple coastlines. She conducted coral and shark research in the Caribbean, and assisted in fisheries research for Long Island’s Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program and for NOAA’s Northeast Cooperative Research Program. She holds a master’s degree in marine conservation and policy from Stony Brook University.

Kristen Baumer, Paul Piazza

Kristen serves as co-owner and President of Paul Piazza & Son, Inc., a vertically integrated domestic shrimp processing and wholesale distribution company headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is responsible for overseeing all operations, including sourcing ad processing premium quality wild caught domestic shrimp from Texas and Louisiana and selling wild caught domestic shrimp to food businesses across United States. Kristen also serves as a board member on the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, the GO TEXAN program with Texas Department of Agriculture, American Shrimp Processors Association, and the Louisiana Shrimp Task force.

Erin Brown, National Wildlife Federation

Erin is the Sportsman Outreach Specialist for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) where she nationalizes coastal restoration issues to sportsmen and women. Prior to her time at NWF, Erin held a position with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, where she marketed and promoted the Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program.  Erin also has experience with the seafood industry as a Food Safety Manager and SQF Practitioner for Pontchartrain Blue Crab where she ensured that the seafood facility met HACCP, SQF, and other requirements.

Kim Chauvin (proxy David Chauvin)

Kim Chauvin is a co-owner in Chauvin’s Seafood Dock and Mariah Jade Shrimp Company. She has been an advocate for the shrimp fishery through its many challenges and has served on a variety of industry associations and committees, including Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and the Shrimp Advisory Panel for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

Chalin Delaune, Tommy’s Seafood

Chalin Delaune, a St. Bernard Parish-native, is the Vice President of Tommy’s Seafood, Inc., a processing facility with two Louisiana locations.  Chalin is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in Agricultural Economics and Business. He has been a Managing Member of Tommy’s Seafood, Inc. since 2008, and the Vice President since 2012. Chalin also serves on the Louisiana Crab Task Force and Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.

Michael Ketchum, New Orleans Fish House

Mike Ketchum has over 28 years of successful sales/sales management and purchasing experience in the food industry, specializing in seafood. Since 1997, he has been with New Orleans Fish House and is currently the Director of National Retail Accounts, focusing on the development of New Orleans Fish House retails products.

Dwight Landreneau, Riceland Crawfish

Dwight has been involved in the crawfish industry since the 1980s when his Masters thesis focused on crawfish production practices in Louisiana. Since then, he has served as an Aquaculture Agent with LSU AgCenter, as the Assistant Secretary in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Director of Louisiana State Parks, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Associate Vice Chancellor at LSU Ag Center. He “retired” in 2013, and is currently a food safety auditor for Riceland Crawfish in Eunice, Louisiana.

Ashford Rosenberg, Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance

Ashford has been involved in sustainable seafood initiatives since 2009. She has a B.S. in Marine Science from Eckerd College and an M.S. in Environmental Science from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. For her masters project, she analyzed and evaluated sustainable seafood programs at North American aquariums and assisted in the development of a sustainable seafood program at the Tennessee Aquarium. From 2013-2018, she developing outreach strategies for Audubon Nature Institute’s G.U.L.F. program to the seafood industry across the Gulf to encourage participation in fishery improvement projects and other sustainability initiatives. In early 2018, she joined the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance, a non-profit that works closely with local fishing communities, regional managers, and federal representatives to improve fishery regulations and ensure that the Gulf reef fish fishery can continue to provide the American public with a sustainable source of domestically-caught Gulf of Mexico Seafood.

Richard Williams, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Richard earned a degree in Fisheries Management/Aquaculture from Louisiana State University in 2008 and began working at The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 2010. In his time at LDWF, Richard has interacted with the commercial fishing industry through LDWF’s Trip Ticket Program, collected recreational fishing data through LaCreel, and now works in Fisheries Oversight. He currently manages The Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program, develops commercial fisheries grants that aid the industry by purchasing more efficient equipment or by helping them meet new harvest guidelines, and supervises LDWF’s portion of the Louisiana Fisheries Forward Program.

Dr. Evelyn Gutierrez Watts, Louisiana Sea Grant

Evelyn Watts, Assistant Professor/Seafood Extension Specialist for LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant, works with seafood processors assisting in regulatory compliance, as well as providing guidance on handling, processing, packaging, and storage technologies. Evelyn has worked for almost a decade with the food industry and academia, where most of her work has been in the areas of regulatory compliance and food safety. Evelyn has extensive experience teaching sanitation control procedures of fish and fishery products, Basic Seafood HACCP, IHA HACCP, Better Process Control School, and FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Foods courses. In addition to her experience, she has ten food safety certifications. Evelyn holds a doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine from University of San Carlos in Guatemala, a Master’s degree in Food Safety from the same university, and a Doctorate degree in Food Science focused on Food Safety from Louisiana State University.

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