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Anoushka P. Concepcion has been Inducted into the Prestigious Marquis Who's Who Biographical Registry

Ms. Anoushka P. Concepcion is noted for her contributions to marine aquaculture

Among her most notable accomplishments, Ms. Concepcion established the U.S.'s first seaweed food safety guidance, a revolutionary project that began in 2012 after extensive research.

    COVENTRY, RI, February 05, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Anoushka P. Concepcion has been inducted into Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Ms. Concepcion is recognized for her expertise as an associate extension educator in marine aquaculture with the Connecticut Sea Grant Program at the University of Connecticut (UConn) Extension. Leveraging her expertise to support the program, which focuses on responsive research in marine aquaculture to support its sustainable development, she assists the emerging seaweed aquaculture industry by addressing barriers to expand its commercialization. Ms. Concepcion also conducts consultations with future aquaculture producers. Moreover, she collaborates with stakeholders, industry leaders, and regulators to address emerging challenges associated with seaweed aquaculture, including addressing guidance on potential human health hazards related to seaweed grow-out and processing, market development, and permitting. Ms. Concepcion has been affiliated with the university since 2011 and serves as a project manager for several grant-funded research projects. Furthermore, Ms. Concepcion organizes various professional workshops.

Among her most notable accomplishments, Ms. Concepcion established the U.S.'s first seaweed food safety guidance, a revolutionary project that began in 2012 after extensive research. Her work has set a precedent for other states and has been cited as a possible model for other countries. Additionally, Ms. Concepcion's research has resolved the various concerns regarding food safety to promote less reliance on imports. The safety guidance, 'Seaweed Production and Processing in Connecticut: A Guide to Understanding and Controlling Potential Food Safety Hazards - Seaweed Food Safety Guidance Document' was published in 2019.

Besides her primary career objectives, Ms. Concepcion has been an active member on the board of directors for Minorities in Aquaculture since 2022. She has also chaired the strategic advisory council for the UN Global Compact's Global Seaweed Coalition since 2023. Ms. Concepcion was previously active on numerous technical review panels and other committees. She also authored several scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals based on her research.

Ms. Concepcion graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in marine biology. She subsequently earned a Master of Science in fisheries, animal, and veterinary sciences from the University of Rhode Island in 2005. Ms. Concepcion also garnered several professional credentials, including in Preventive Controls for Human Food, through the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance in 2018.

Active in her field, Ms. Concepcion is affiliated with several professional organizations, including The World Aquaculture Society, the U.S. Aquaculture Society, the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, and the National Shellfisheries Association.

In light of her accomplishments, Ms. Concepcion has received several recognitions, including a David and Nancy Bull Extension Innovation Award from UConn in 2014, a Northeast Regional Sea Grant Consortium Regional Award from the Northeast Regional National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant Consortium in 2015, a Sea Grant Association Research to Applications Award from the NOAA Sea Grant Association in 2016, a Ten Years of Service Award from UConn in 2022, and a 2022 Industry Impact Award from the World Aquaculture Society. Additionally, Ms. Concepcion has been featured in the media, on the radio, and on The Conch Podcast for her expertise in the industry.

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