June 5-7, 2017 | The Westin Seattle | Seattle, WA - USA

2017 Conference Program

Conference Program

*Schedule is subject to change

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Pre-Conference Workshop: The Future of Pre-Competitive Collaboration*

  This year’s workshop will look at how pre-competitive strategies are working in seafood and how they can be used to address new challenges and barriers to the uptake of...
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10:15 am - 10:45 am


Communications Plenary

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12:15 pm - 1:45 pm


Tackling the drivers of IUU fishing and Human Rights abuses in Asia

This session will be organized as a panel discussion and outline the operational and sourcing context for global seafood supply in Asia and associated challenges. The session will draw on...
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Steve Trent

The effect of aquaculture on world fish supplies – 20 years on

An important review article in Nature in 1997 ‘The effect of aquaculture on world fish supplies’, noted that the aquaculture industry was expanding but asked what was its net impact...
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Andrew Jackson
Corey Peet
Dan Lee

Consumer Engagement: Hungry for Story, Trust and Transparency in Seafood Brands

Consumer perceptions, expectations and behaviours are changing. Smartphones are empowering people to search, share and review products like never before. Loyalty to brands and trust in product claims is weak,...
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Eric Enno Tamm
Jen Levin

Adaptation and Infrastructure: Fisheries and Aquaculture in a Changing Climate

Often, when discussing climate change, the fishing industry focuses on how fish stocks are changing and moving. This panel explores an often overlooked risk of climate change; destruction of coastal...
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Delivering Trusted and Transparent Fishing Vessel Standards through Cost Effective Audits – Learnings from the Quayside and the Deck

With input from key industry stakeholders, this session will explore what constitutes a trusted and socially compliant fishing fleet, and what constitutes best practices for the risk assessment, auditing and...
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John Connelly
Bill DiMento
Nigel Edwards
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Plenary: Change at Scale in the Seafood Sector – the role of pre-competitive collaboration

We all know environmental improvement is happening in seafood production but change at speed and scale seems elusive. This session will share practical experience in using pre-competitive private sector sustainability...
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Jason Clay
Avrim Lazar

Seafood Champion Awards Reception

Following the final plenary on Monday, take part in the Seafood Champion Awards Reception! Meet the finalists, honor their remarkable contributions to the sustainable seafood movement and celebrate the winners...
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How FIPs in Latin America respond to the new market trends

CeDePesca is a very well known FIPs implementer in Latin America. Currently CeDePesca is running 12 projects in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Brazil, Equador, Peru, Chile and Argentina. Three/four of these...
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Federico Angeleri
Adriana Sanchez
Elena Conterno
Guisella Viviana Muoz Ibarra

Mind the GAP: Exploring Key Elements to Disrupt the Shrimp Aquaculture Supply Chain to Foster Change and a New Reality

Shrimp remains one of the most consumed and most valuable seafood products to date and yet it is still plagued with problems including the latest news surrounding slavery in shrimp...
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Dr. Le Than Luu
Corey Peet
Peter Woon
Robert Logan Kock

Selling sustainability “Consumer Insights- Perceptions, Preferences and Trends in Seafood Sustainability”

Panel discussion on insights and evidence around consumer receptivity to seafood sustainability and how this impacts brand trust and loyalty. Panelists each have deep expertise in consumer attitudes, awareness, brands,...
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James Morris

“Where did you get that fish?” – A new trend for transparency in the seafood industry

The session will explore the issue of transparency in the seafood industry and the benefits and challenges of openness around sustainable sourcing. The session will examine examples of reporting such...
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Sam Grimley
Blake Lee-Harwood
John Fiorillo

Moving Beyond Fishery Certification: Using collaboration, technology and innovation to further improve sustainability

Many major fisheries around the world are now recognized as sustainable with certification becoming a requirement of entry into the seafood market, rather than a distinction held by only a...
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Karl Bratvold
Richard Draves
Tim Fitzgerald
Allen Kimball
10:30 am - 11:00 am


Lightning Rounds

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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Needs, Opportunities, and Challenges in Increasing Sustainability of Chinese Fisheries and Aquaculture

This proposed session aims at facilitating the exchange of knowledge, experience, and successes from Chinese stakeholders on how to catalyze the sustainable seafood movement in China and measurably improve sustainability...
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Songlin Wang
Fang Qing
Ian Hunhao Chen


The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) is a platform bringing together over 40 partners from across the seafood sector worldwide. It was set up in 2013 as a collective, non-competitive...
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Bill DiMento
Andrea K Weber
Lesley Sander

Embedding Sustainable Seafood Programs in the Retail Sector for the Long Haul

This session will aim to reflect the current, and some historical, context on the establishment of sustainable seafood policies and programs in the retail sector. We will explore the varied...
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The plastic food chain and the seafood industry link

Plastic is quickly emerging as one of the most concerning ocean pollutants. Plastic is becoming incorporated in marine food chains, making its way throughout the ecosystem to humans, especially First...
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Cooperative Traceability: Pre-competitive Solutions for Full-Chain Traceability

Many companies are now facing the challenge of achieving real “full supply chain” traceability for their seafood products. But the obstacles to success often reside outside of any single company’s...
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Eric Enno Tamm
Sara Lewis
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm


Plenary: Progress and promise in developing an investment and finance toolkit for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Marine fisheries contribute more than US $270 billion to global GDP, supporting the livelihoods of hundreds of millions and contributing nearly 20% of the animal protein consumed by over three...
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Jack Kittinger
Tim Fitzgerald

The business case for supporting small-scale fisheries: how to make environmental and social responsibility sell

Many businesses with responsible sourcing policies want to support small-scale fisheries but don’t know how. Join a provocative discussion led by a collection of businesses and organizations working to drive...
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Ashley Apel
Adam Baske
Natalie Webster
Brett Dow Bremser


Sourcing seafood from all corners of the globe with environmental and social responsibility assurances can often be a leap of faith. While some industry stakeholders are diligently vetting their complex...
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Birgtte Krogh-Poulsen
Bill DiMento
Jason Judd
James Wright

Credibility and Innovation in Seafood Ratings and Labels

The session will bring together leading seafood ecolabels and ratings along with seafood companies in the US for a discussion of what credibility looks like in the seafood eco certification...
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Lara Koritzke

Towards a common understanding of social sustainability in seafood supply chains: Innovative approaches and ongoing processes

Social sustainability in seafood supply chains is getting high on the agendas of governments, retailers and other private sector companies. Increasingly, collaborative approaches across the sector are looking at innovative...
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9:45 am - 10:15 am


The Many Values of Indigenous Sustainable Seafood

Chaired by Tony Craig, Partner, Terra Moana Ltd, this session will explore sustainable seafood from various indigenous perspectives. Panelists all come from indigenous communities across the world striving to use...
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Using markets to broker fisheries reform in Asia – taking the long term view and spreading the net to increase participation

This session is designed to explore the needs of fisheries in South East Asia and the role of marketplaces (both inside and outside the region) as a catalyst for change....
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Andrew Jackson
Corey Peet

Integrity of FIP Supply Chains: Why Traceability Matters and What Solutions Exist

For the past ten years, fishery stakeholders have been implementing fishery improvement projects (FIPs) to help their fisheries transition to more sustainable practices. Many retailers, food service, and hospitality companies...
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Adriana Sanchez
Dick Jones
Rene Benguerel
Stephanie Bradley

Advancing Bycatch Reduction Now and into the Future

  Reducing and avoiding bycatch has been a critical element of improving the sustainability of fisheries around the world. With the recent evolution in U.S. and E.U. approaches related to...
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11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Lessons learned: Overcoming business and NGO challenges in the Asian market

With the rising importance of Asia as both as consuming as well as a producing market, sustainable seafood businesses and organizations are increasing the frequency and depth of engagement they...
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Brian Caouette
Wakao Hanaoka
Songlin Wang

Food from the Sea: A Food Systems Framework for Creating Knowledge and Value

Food from the Sea: A Food Systems Framework for Creating Knowledge and Value The way in which we frame discourse about how we transition to economically, socially, and ecologically sustainable...
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Gil Sylvia
Rod Fujita
Richard L Merrick
John Goodlad
Alistar Douglas

Finding the One? How to Pick a Traceability Provider… or Providers

Once you’ve decided to implement a traceability system, how do you get started? There are many traceability providers in the ecosystem, all with slightly different offerings. And sometimes you’ll need...
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Julie Robinson
Charles Steinback

Fish for Thought- The role of sustainable fisheries in global and regional food security

Food production must double by 2050 to meet the demand from the world’s growing population and consumption patterns. Over the last five decades fisheries and aquaculture have outpaced population growth,...
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Merrick Burden
Ray Hilborn

Closing Remarks

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Closing Reception

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Field trips*

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