Kevin Fitzsimmons

AZ Representative
Institution / Organization: University of Arizona

Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons, a former President of the World Aquaculture Society and Aquaculture Extension Specialist at the University of Arizona, is focused on advancing the sustainability of the aquaculture industry both domestically and internationally. Not only is he committed to educating students through university courses on subjects such as Environmental Science, Aquaculture, Phycology and Wetlands Ecology, he also strives to provide useful insights based on his vast experience.

Recognized as a global influencer in the development of the tilapia farming industry, Dr. Fitzsimmons has been instrumental in organizing and hosting international symposia for promoting tilapia in aquaculture. In addition to contributing towards various projects for Aquaculture CRSP/Innovation Lab, he has offered valuable guidance to the Chinese government and tilapia industry over several years.

Awarded his second Fulbright Fellowship in 2017, his research extends towards commercializing alternative ingredients for aquaculture feeds in collaboration with universities in Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. From 2015 to 2021, he made significant strides leading aquaculture development projects funded by USAID and EU-GIZ in Myanmar (Burma). As a trusted professional, Dr. Fitzsimmons serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Monterey Bay Aquarium – Seafood Watch program and as a Distinguished Adjunct Professor with the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok.

Further solidifying his commitment to sustainable practices, he co-founded and judges the F3 Future of Fish Feeds Initiative and their corresponding challenges. Dr. Fitzsimmons also volunteers with organizations like Aquaculture Without Frontiers to build a more robust aquaculture sector globally.


Aquaculture, tilapia, shrimp, seaweeds, aquaponics

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University of Washington
School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences

Box 355020, Seattle, WA 98195
1122 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA 98105


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