Erik Vis, director of farming operations at Panama cobia farmer Open Blue Sea Farms for over four years, has taken a new role as general manager at Hawaii-based kanpachi farmers, Blue Ocean Mariculture.

Before Open Blue, Vis was production manager at Singapore-based Barramundi Asia for seven years, and before that he worked five years as country production manager at Marine Harvest (now Mowi) Japan.

Blue Ocean Mariculture, which farms Seriola rivoliana off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island, in 2018 also hired Dave Mergle, the man behind Grieg Seafood's Skuna Bay salmon brand, to lead its marketing and sales strategy.