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2016 Seafood Champion Awards Nominations to Build Off of Record Breaking Year

Seafood Champion Awards LogoPortland, ME (20 May, 2015) – Following the announcement of the opening of the 2016 nominations at the 23rd edition of Seafood Expo Global, the Seafood Champion Awards program is reaching out to global leaders from the seafood industry, conservation community, academia and government to generate recognition for innovators, visionaries, and advocates who show leadership in promoting sustainable seafood. With the record breaking success of last year’s Call for Nominations, the impact of these awards has become increasingly important around the world.

Dr. Andrew Jackson, Technical Director of the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation and winner of the 2015 Seafood Champion Award for Leadership, said: “When you are working on a day-to-day basis, you are not aware of all the progress you might be making…you just feel that your progress isn’t fast enough, and you wish you could be doing more. It’s very nice to see that there is a recognition of the fact that you have made some progress. It gives me the enthusiasm and drive to go on and achieve more in the future.”

Bill DiMento, awarded the 2015 Grand Champion Award for his work as High Liner Foods’ Corporate Director of Sustainability, said: “It’s important to recognize leadership and the challenges and commitment that it takes to bring together a solution that works for everyone. This global collaboration, and this award, show others that this is the type of work that all can do, and all should do, to help drive seafood sustainability.”

Nominations are encouraged on behalf of individuals, companies or organizations whose accomplishments demonstrate outstanding commitment to advancing seafood sustainability in the fishing, aquaculture, seafood supply and distribution, retail, restaurant and foodservice sectors, as well as conservation, science, academia and the media.

An award will be presented for each the following categories:

Seafood Champion Award for Leadership: an entity or individual who displays leadership by organizing and convening seafood stakeholders in an effort to impact and improve the sustainability of seafood or ocean health.

Seafood Champion Award for Innovation: an entity or individual who identifies and applies new solutions that meet or exceed the highest standards or requirements to address ecological challenges, existing market needs, or barriers to sustainability.

Seafood Champion Award for Vision: an entity or individual who provides a clear, distinctive, and specific vision of the future that significantly advances the sustainable seafood community and may be related to technology, policy, products, markets or conservation tools.

Seafood Champion Award for Advocacy: an entity or individual who positively promotes sustainability or uses the media to raise the profile of sustainable seafood, effectively works to strengthen public policy and resource allocation decisions, or influences public discourse and engages key stakeholders by publicly championing advances in sustainable seafood.

All nominations must be received no later than midnight on World Oceans Day, 8 June 2015, U.S. Eastern Time. The 2016 Seafood Champion Awards will be presented at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, held 1-3 February 2016 in St. Julian’s, Malta. SeaWeb and Diversified Communications jointly produce the SeaWeb Seafood Summit.

To review guidelines and selection process or to submit a nomination, visit the 2016 Nominations page at www.seafoodchampions.org/nominations2016.

About the Seafood Champion Awards

First presented in 2006, the Seafood Champion Awards annually recognize individuals and companies for outstanding leadership in promoting environmentally responsible seafood. SeaWeb established the award to honor those in the seafood industry whose past and/or present contributions demonstrate a commitment to innovation that leads to change. The Seafood Champion Awards ceremony is held annually during the SeaWeb Seafood Summit.

For more information including past winners, interviews, photo and video gallery, and media kit, please visit: www.seafoodchampions.org.

About SeaWeb

SeaWeb transforms knowledge into action by shining a spotlight on workable, science-based solutions to the most serious threats facing the ocean. To accomplish this important goal, SeaWeb convenes forums where economic, policy, social and environmental interests converge to improve ocean health and sustainability. SeaWeb works collaboratively with targeted sectors to encourage market solutions, policies and behaviors that result in a healthy, thriving ocean. By using the science of communications to inform and empower diverse ocean voices and conservation champions, SeaWeb is creating a culture of ocean conservation. For more information, visit: www.seaweb.org.

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Media contacts:
Marida Hines, Seafood Champions Program Manager
+1 301 580 1026

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