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Updated: October 3, 2022 / 2022 NextUp: 40 Under 40 Honorees

40 Under 40: Making America fall in love with sustainable seafood

Photo / Tim Greenway Peter Handy, president and CEO of Bristol Seafood, goes fly fishing to decompress from work, where he has pushed his company to the top of the industry.
Peter Handy, 36

President and CEO, Bristol Seafood Find profiles of all 40 Under 40 honorees here
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Significant professional accomplishment: Bristol Seafood became the first Fair Trade Certified seafood company in the U.S., earning spots on the top 25 most sustainable and most innovative lists issued by industry trade publications — all while creating quality jobs and meaningfully growing company revenue.

Passion project: My volunteer work focuses on equity, climate, and the arts. I’ve had the chance to work most closely with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, Maine Public Broadcasting, Maine Venture Fund and the Portland Museum of Art.

Audacious goal: To make seafood America’s favorite protein.

Favorite quote: “Superlative performance is really a confluence of dozens of small skills or activities, each one learned or stumbled upon, which have been carefully drilled into habit and then are fitted together in a synthesized whole. There is nothing extraordinary or superhuman in any one of those actions; only the fact that they are done consistently and correctly, and all together, produce excellence.” — Dan Chambliss

Favorite book: “Radical Candor,” by Kim Scott

Favorite TV show: Netflix’s “Chef’s Table”

How do you recharge: I go fly fishing or, in a pinch, I take the slow route home from work while listening to Maine Public Radio.

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