Conference Program

2019 Conference Program

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Day 1
10 June 2019
Day 2
11 June 2019
Day 3
12 June 2019
Day 4
13 June 2019
Day 5
14 June 2019

Sponsored Workshop: Inclusive Business Opportunities Within Seafood Value Chains

In Asia Pacific, agriculture and fisheries are major livelihood providers to many people in rural areas and those living in poverty. Inclusive business interventions in seafood sectors have the potential...
Harry Yuli Susanto
Corey Peet
Rachel Matheson
Richard Welford

Amplifying Worker Voice: Integrating Worker Engagement Approaches into Ethical Supply Chain Management

This not-to-be-missed interactive seminar will expand the sustainable seafood community’s understanding of the benefits of and pathways to ethical worker feedback, engagement, and participation through conversations with workers, case studies,...
Tobias Aguirre
Humanity United & Freedom Fund

Ghost Fleet Film

The seminar will launch with a clip from the film ‘Ghost Fleet,’ which follows a small group of activists supporting justice and freedom for fishermen who have encountered human trafficking...
Patima Tungpuchayakul
Tobias Aguirre
Luang Por Prasert

Initiating Change: Worker Feedback, Engagement, and Participation

After being introduced to some of the issues facing global seafood supply chains through ‘Ghost Fleet’, FishWise and other organizations will introduce key concepts, opportunities, and challenges related to worker...
Kimberly Rogovin
Jarrett Basedow
Jen Cole

Supporting Worker Voice and Agency: A Multi-Stakeholder Discussion

Support for worker voice and agency requires action from various stakeholders. Listen to insights from government representatives, international advocacy organizations, and other experts about their efforts to support workers’ rights...
Mark Del Greco
Emily Kunen

Improving Labor Conditions in Seafood

Hear from welfare committees or workers about their experiences working in seafood supply chains, the improvements and pathways forward that have mattered most, the challenges workers face when they seek...
Jon Hartough
Suthasinee Kaewleklai

Enabling Worker Grievances and Agency: Implementing Initiatives

Multiple organizations who have implemented initiatives in their own supply chains will share their incentives, lessons learned, and challenges in enacting programs or platforms for worker voice.
Dr. Darian McBain
Jarrett Basedow
Antoine Heuty
Gerald Knecht

Worker Engagement Strategies: A Breakout Activity

Through breakout activities, participants will deepen their understanding of worker feedback, engagement, and participation, as well as the roles and actions that each stakeholder group can take to support worker...
Jen Cole

Amplifying Worker Voice Together: Next Steps for the Seafood Sector

The session will close with a summary of the key messages and next steps identified by the panelists and participants through the breakout activity.
Tobias Aguirre
Jen Cole

Welcome Reception – open to all attendees

Join fellow Summit attendees to kick off the SeaWeb Seafood Summit. The Welcome Reception is open to all attendees!
Department of Fisheries

Sponsored Event: and IJM: Combatting Slavery in the Thai Seafood Industry

Join us for a session to discuss the breakthroughs, challenges and future of collaboration between International Justice Mission (IJM), and other organizations combatting forced labor and trafficking in the...

Keynote: The Human Face of Sustainability: Empowering Fishers, Farmers and Workers

Paul Rice is Founder and CEO of Fair Trade USA, the internationally-acclaimed social enterprise and leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America. Since its launch in 1998, Fair...
Paul Rice

Plenary: Being Inclusive Without Being Exclusive: How to Make Supply Chains Work for Everyone

This plenary will look at successful examples from seafood and other industries of supply chains that are working for everyone involved – producers, supply chain companies, and consumers and explore:...
Sarah Hogan
Trevyr Lester
Paul Rice
Richard Welford

Plenary: The Economics of Sustainability in Asia

While the hotel and restaurant industries in Asia have seen successful efforts in advancing sustainable seafood, the opportunity for the growth of sustainable seafood in the broader Asian market is...
Julie Qiu
Nobukazu Furuya
Janice Lao
Wakao Hanaoka
Umesh Madhavan


Dr. Adisorn Promthep

Plenary: Out of the Shadows: Combatting IUU Fishing Through A Rapid Increase in Transparency

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing costs countries around the world between US$10 and 23.5 billion every year. IUU fishing not only degrades the marine environment, exhausting fish stocks and destroying...
Dr. Darian McBain
Steve Trent
Dr. Adisorn Promthep


Joerg Ayrle

Offsite Field Trip: Thailand Department of Fisheries Monitoring Center

Join fellow Summit attendees for a visit to the Thailand Department of Fisheries monitoring center (FMC). The FMC is the principal unit for monitoring and surveillance of Thai fishing vessels...
Department of Fisheries

Offsite Field Trip: Thai Union Innovation Center

Sponsored by Thai Union Join fellow Summit attendees for a visit to the Thai Union Global Innovation Center which is driven by a deep exploration of outside-the-box ideas, and a...
Thai Union

Workshop: Money Matters: How Do We Pay for Social and Environmental Sustainability?

There are multiple factors that drive the sustainable seafood movement forward, and money is an important one. How are purchasing, investments and funding decisions made in support of healthy stocks...
Rui Bing Zheng
Kama Dean Fitz
Thomas Kraft
Helen Packer

Workshop: Building momentum for FIPs in SE Asia

The stepwise approach to MSC offered by the Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) model typically relies on market-based incentives, which in turn have been most effective for fisheries with strong export...
Geoffrey Muldoon
Simon Bush
Han Han
Lucy Holmes
Hoyt Peckham

Workshop: On the Frontlines: How Multi-Sector Partnerships can Strengthen Maritime Security and Advance Environmentally and Socially Responsible Seafood

Maritime security is a global issue that affects individuals, communities and businesses. In many parts of the world, the seafood industry is on the front-lines of maritime security. Whether abetting...
Honey Elias
Darrick McNeill
Mark Huebschman
Mekisha Marshall
John Parks
Chris Sholes
Bradley Soule

Plenary: Seafood Companies & a “DIY” Approach to Sustainability

The landscape of sustainable seafood is more dynamic and is changing faster than ever before, yet resources to support businesses that sell seafood are still lacking. While larger seafood businesses...
Richard Boot
Henk Brus
Gerald Knecht
Stacy Schultz

True Facts or Fake News? The GDST, Verification, and the Data-Driven Future of Seafood

The digital revolution is arriving full force in the seafood sector. With the rapid emergence of powerful new technologies—from innovative electronic fisheries monitoring devices through blockchain platform solutions—the availability of...
David Schorr
Francisco Blaha
Ben Sheppard
Bradley Soule

Lightning Rounds

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Workshop: Advancing Human Rights in Responsible Aquaculture

Aquaculture has become increasingly important to the global supply of fish and is now supplying more than half of the fish used for human consumption. While the aquaculture sector is...
Avery Siciliano
Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen
Froukje Kruijssen

Sponsored Session: Risk and Recovery – Financing the Transition to Sustainable Seafood Production

Estimated to be worth $362bn annually and providing employment to nearly 60m people worldwide[1], seafood is a critical part of the Blue Economy in terms of its contribution to food...
Tracy Cambridge
Dr. Darian McBain
Thai Union
Hui Feng Zhang
Lucy Holmes

The Power of Collaboration in Driving Improvements in Feed Fisheries through FIPs

The rise in the importance of aquaculture globally and the growing demand for compliant marine ingredients has increased pressure on the market to find marine ingredient sources that are independently...
Libby Woodhatch
Francisco Aldon
Margo de Naray
Daniel Lee
David Martin
Rawee Viriyatum

Lightning Rounds

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Leading the Way Through Collaboration – How Organizations Work Together to Drive Positive Change

Many companies have developed initiatives to address seafood supply chain issues, but collaboration among companies, non-governmental organizations and other key stakeholders can help sharpen focus, coordinate efforts and scale impact...
John Connelly
Kevin McClain
Trevyr Lester
Art Prapha

Incentivizing Sustainable Seafood at the Ecosystem Scale: Exploring Jurisdictional Approaches

The sustainable seafood movement has grown from isolated campaigns to comprehensive market-based initiatives. The movement has had success at shifting portions of the seafood sector towards more sustainable production practices....
Dr. Darian McBain
Dane Klinger
Maurice Brownjohn
Gita Syahrani
Matt Watson

Ingraining Sustainability in the USA Brand – Working together for shared market success in Southeast Asia

Panelists will discuss how and why American seafood companies from throughout the country have come together in the Southeast Asia market to present all USA seafood as high quality and...
Susan Marks
Colleen Coyne
Kevin Gantner
Russ Nicely

Tackling Marine Debris Across Southeast Asia

Marine and coastal debris in the form of household consumer garbage, industrial waste, and fishing net discards are a problem that affects both natural ecosystems and the animals that live...
Dominic Thomson
Michel Pardos
Ukkrit Satapoomin
Sophika Kostyniuk

Sponsored Session: Social Responsibility Spotlight: Meet a Community of Action

Join us for an evening of networking, learning, and celebration! Starting at 6:00 PM FishWise hosts an interactive networking session where you’ll meet local and international organizations, third-party consultancies, and...
FishWise .
Jen Cole

Work in Fishing from the Far End of the Supply Chain

This discussion will look hard at changes in the Thai industry from the Thai perspective—workers, suppliers, and regulators. The ILO’s Ship to Shore Rights Project knows the scene intimately and...
Jason Judd
Mark Del Greco
Patana Bhandhufalck
Giuseppe Busini
Basilio Dias Araujo
Attapan Masrungson

Overcoming Barriers to Change Within Fishery Management Systems

The aim of this session is to examine the barriers to change that exist, outside of the usual technical challenges of data collection, management rules and enforcement, that interfere with...
Patrick Caleo
Dr. Adisorn Promthep
Maurice Brownjohn
Hary Christijanto
Isao Sakaguchi

GSSI: Benchmarking and Beyond

For the last five years, GSSI has been at the forefront of creating global alignment in seafood certification. With seven certification schemes now GSSI-recognised, and 15+ companies including GSSI in...
Dr. Darian McBain
Eva Mudde
Flavio Corsin
Jennifer Kemmerly

Unlocking Value in Seafood Supply Chains to Connect to New Markets

The Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative (ASIC) is a burgeoning regional collaboration between private sector stakeholders from Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam who have come together to tackle...
Corey Peet
Mitchell Davis
Harry Yuli Susanto
Logan Kock
Jennifer Kemmerly

Innovation in Action: the Journey Toward Incorporating Novel Feed Ingredients and Engaging Consumers

At the 2018 SeaWeb Seafood Summit, an exciting panel was featured - "Shaping a Sustainable Future for Aquaculture Feeds". It addressed the fact that Aquaculture is now the fastest growing...
Dr. Darian McBain
Ronnie Tan
Chris Haacke
Allan LeBlanc

Ethical Worker Recruitment – Four Perspectives

While best practices for ethical worker recruitment are still evolving, there are lessons to be learned from companies and organizations that are finding new ways to address one of the...
Suthasinee Kaewleklai
Art Prapha

New Opportunities for Using Certification and Ratings to Accelerate Fisheries and Aquaculture Improvements

The sustainable seafood movement has made tremendous progress over the past two decades, but everyone agrees that we need to find ways to accelerate the pace of improvements in fisheries...
Chris Ninnes
Satoshi Matsumoto
Shunji Murakami
Songlin Wang

The Seafood Collaboration Project Presentations

Recognizing, Rewarding, and Celebrating Collaboration in Seafood The Seafood Collaboration Project works to improve networking and collaboration in seafood and provide a platform for under-represented voices.
Kama Dean Fitz
Patima Tungpuchayakul
Harry Yuli Susanto
Minako Iue
Pablo Ferrer
Mark Del Greco
Livia Lau
Simone Pisu
Apinya Tajit
George Woodman

Samut Sakhon PIPO Center Visit and Processing Plant Field Trip**

Join fellow attendees on an all day field trip. The first stop will be a tour at the Department of Fisheries Port in Port Out (PIPO) center in Samut Sakhon....
Thai Union
Department of Fisheries
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