Meet the Friend of the Sea’s team and discover who is behind the organisation.

When faced with the challenge of feeding a growing global population, a sustainable approach is critical. 

The United Nations 2020 Sustainable Development Goals address the urgency of conserving marine resources and using them sustainably and Friend of the Sea’s mission reflects these goals.

Friend of the Sea has become the leading certification standard for products and services which respect and protect the marine environment. Our sustainable seafood certification schemes and our sustainable aquaculture certification schemes award sustainable practices in Fisheries, Aquaculture, Fishmeal and Omega 3 Fish Oil.

Certification of fisheries and aquaculture products is a process that requires a clear verification that producers are following best practices in order to deliver farmed fish and seafood in a safe, responsible and sustainable manner. 

Our dedicated team work together in order to ensure that feeding the world’s growing population is approached in a sustainable manner. We offer the combined  knowledge and experience of a wide ranging group of experts that work in close collaboration in order to ensure that our standards match the following key requirements; food safety, environmental responsibility, social accountability and animal health and welfare. 

We also together have developed appropriate and up to date fisheries and aquaculture certification requirements and guidance.

In addition, in line with Friend of the Sea’s mission to conserve the marine environment, our team work together on different marine conservation projects, developing in collaboration with international scientific experts and organisations, projects and campaigns to protect endangered species.

Paolo Bray

WSO's General Manager and Chairperson, Founder and Director, Board of Director member
paolobray@friendofthesea.org

Franco Bray – President Friend of the Sea

Franco Bray

WSO's Vice Chairperson, President, Board of Director member
francobray@friendofthesea.org

Amod Ashok Salgaonkar - Advisory Board Member

Amod Ashok Salgaonkar

Advisory Board Member
Project Director: Plant-based Seafood & Meat
amodsalgaonkar@friendofthesea.org

Mariasole Bianco

Mariasole Bianco

Advisory Board Member
mariasolebianco@friendofthesea.org

Natalie Fort

Natalie Fort

Advisory Board Member
fortgroupofcompanies@gmail.com

Massimo Bardella

Kevin Soares

Advisory Board Member and Business Development Outreach
outreach@wsogroup.org

Mario Passoni

Mario Passoni

Scientific Officer
quality@friendofthesea.org

Paola Elpidi

Paola Elpidi

International Outreach
USA, Middle East, Rest of Europe and Africa, Italy
international@friendofthesea.org

Davide Calatti

Davide Calatti

International Outreach
Spanish and Portuguese speaking Countries
outreach1@friendofthesea.org

Androniqi Golemi

Androniqi Golemi

Accountant
admin@wsogroup.org

Massimo Bardella

Pietro Serratore

Outreach
outreach@friendoftheearth.org

Massimo Bardella

Nony Bartolome

International Outreach
marketing1@wsogroup.org

Newma Mateus Barbosa – FOS

Newma Mateus Barbosa

Marketing & Digital Officer
marketing@friendofthesea.org

Chiara Grisenti

Chiara Grisenti

Secretary & Press officer
chiaragrisenti@friendofthesea.org