Acari Fish Team

Mike Mitchell - Co-Founder & CEO

Mike arrived in Tabasco in 2014 through a Fulbright research grant to study small-scale fish farming in rural communities. After learning about the 'pez diablo,' Mike fell in love with the idea and challenge of transforming the perception of the fish, and in turn, creating new economic opportunities for local fishermen. Mike graduated from UPenn with concentrations in Marketing and Environmental Policy & Management. Mike is a co-owner of Acari Fish along with fellow co-founder Sam Bordia. 




Sam Bordia - Co-Founder & COO 

Sam has worked on sustainability in numerous contexts including starting a farmer's market in rural India, recruiting restaurants to contribute their food waste to an organic fertilizer project in Mexico, and exploring the market landscape for wastewater reuse in Morocco. With professional experience in shipping, he is primarily concerned with supply chain management, regulatory compliance, and financial reporting. In addition to recently completing graduate studies at UC Berkeley in Development Practice, Sam graduated with honors from Cornell University where he majored in Industrial and Labor Relations. 




Victor Hernández - Director of Operations, Mexico

Victor Hernández is a native of Tabasco and studied biology at la Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco (UJAT) where he majored in the cultivation and production of aquatic organisms.  Victor manages operations at Acari, managing our deliveries, supervising regulatory compliance and imparting community workshops.

Francisco Mendoza - Production Manager

Francisco Mendoza has been fishing the waters of Tabasco his whole life and has witnessed firsthand the damage caused by the devil fish. Francisco supervises the day-to-day operations at our processing facility and coordinates with fishermen from around the region to source our raw material. He brings excellent experience and community relations to Acari.