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Interview Today: Scott Nichols; Director, Verlasso Salmon

Marissa Rosen
| Thursday May 29th, 2014 | 2 Comments

unnamed-4Every week, we chat with an interesting leader in the sustainable business movement. These chats are broadcast on our Google+ channel and embedded via YouTube right here on 3p.

On Thursday, May 29 at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET, TriplePundit’s Founder, Nick Aster, spoke with Scott Nichols, Director of Verlasso: Sustainable Premium Farmed Salmon.

Verlasso is the first and only ocean-raised farmed Atlantic salmon to receive the “Good Alternative” buy ranking from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Verlasso offers premium salmon raised in harmony with the natural environment, and is leading the way to a new environmental stewardship.

Scott and Nick discussed a range of sustainable seafood topics including:

  • Are our oceans “tapped out”? It has been reported that more than 85% of our wild fish are harvested at or above their sustainable limits.  What does the future hold?
  • The world’s population is growing. How will we continue to serve everyone? 
  • Verlasso believes that when food is raised really well, it tastes great. How exactly should fish be raised? 

If you have remaining questions, please tweet us @triplepundit and use the hashtag #3pChat.

If you missed the conversation, you can watch it right here or on our YouTube channel.

ABOUT SCOTT: 

Scott is responsible for Verlasso’s NGO engagement and the ways we evolve aquaculture to meet the ever-growing demand for fish while preserving the ecosystems where fish are raised.  Previously, Scott worked extensively on biodiversity projects in Africa and South America, giving him a deep appreciation for developing comprehensive approaches to sustainable food production.  Scott’s education includes a Ph.D. in biochemistry from UCLA and Wharton’s Advanced Management Program.  “I have a complete and total belief that we must act with urgency to find the most sustainable ways to produce good and healthy food. Big and little steps are both important.”


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  • Jamie

    Where can we buy the fish?

  • RPSiegel

    3P recently ran a post describing Greenpeace’s ratings of food retailers
    based on the sustainability of their seafood purchasing practices.
    Among other things, they look at the number of red-listed species sold
    by the store. At present, all farm-raised salmon is considered
    red-listed in their system. Has Verlasso contacted Greenpeace to see if
    they can be exempted from this listing? (I can make the necessary
    introductions if needed.)