Thiraphong Chansiri, CEO of global seafood giant Thai Union, has been appointed chair of the board of directors of the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS), it was announced Thursday.

SeaBOS is a joint initiative between the world's largest commercial seafood companies aimed at strengthening sustainable practices within the seafood industry.

The appointment of Chansiri, who succeeds Skretting CEO Therese Log Bergjord, was formalized at the SeaBOS keystone dialogue meeting in the Netherlands. Helene Ziv-Douki, president of Cargill Aqua Nutrition, will replace Chansiri as vice-chair of SeaBOS.

SeaBOS consists of 10 of the largest seafood producers in the world, engaged in wild-capture fisheries, aquaculture and feed manufacturing, with companies based in Europe, North America and Asia.

SeaBOS members include Maruha Nichiro Corporation, Nissui, Thai Union, Mowi, Dongwon Industries, Cermaq, Cargill Aqua Nutrition, Nutreco/Skretting, CP Foods, and Kyokuyo. Key scientific partners are the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, University of Lancaster and Stanford Centre for Ocean Solutions.

The group's scientific work is funded by the Walton Family Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.