PORTSMOUTH The Global Aquaculture Alliance hosted an open house Wednesday at its new Pease International Tradeport office, the headquarters for the organization that promotes responsible aquaculture practices in 195 countries.

GAA invited local chefs, farmers, restaurant owners and the greater community to see their new state-of-the-art digs, and learn a little bit more about their mission to "feed the world." According to GAA, by the year 2030, 60 percent of all fish consumed will come from aquaculture farming.

GAA seeks to provide resources to individuals and businesses around the world that are associated with aquaculture and seafood, and improve production practices through partnerships with countries, communities and companies.

Around 200 people attended the open house at the new 85 New Hampshire Ave. location, where representatives from the offices of Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan read letters of support. In Shaheen's letter, she wrote GAA is an organization "that seeks to feed a growing population...with forward looking methods."

Outgoing Executive Director Wally Stevens said this is the third time since 2014 GAA has moved offices in Portsmouth. The word "stewardship" defines the organization, he said.

This year, GAA increased the number of certified sites it works with by 30 percent, and it looks to achieve that same increase next year, Stevens said. GAA has grown from two employees in Portsmouth, to 50.

New Executive Director Andrew Mallison said GAA is "about the future of food," and through its work has "an amazing opportunity to feed the world."

"Fish has a role to play in food security for the future," he said.