19 - 21 June 2018 | Hotel Arts Barcelona | Barcelona, Spain

2017 Conference Program

Conference Program

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Jun 04 2017
Jun 05 2017
Jun 06 2017
Jun 07 2017
Jun 08 2017

Monday Breakfast

Fresh Sliced Seasonal Fruit and Berries Assorted Fresh Pastry Platter Fruit and Plain Yogurts Cold Cereals, Skim and 2% Milk Apple, Orange, Grapefruit and Cranberry Juices Starbucks Coffee, Decaf and...


Session Type: Keynote Session Date: Jun 5 2017 8:30 am – 8:45 am

Keynote: Sustainable Seafood at 20: Looking Back at the Road Ahead

A powerful idea was born in the mid-1990s: that meaningful stewardship of seafood resources could – and, in fact must – result from collaboration between conservation organizations and the seafood...
Kathleen McLaughlin, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer - Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Plenary: Sustainable Seafood at 20: Looking Back at the Road Ahead

A powerful idea was born in the mid-1990s: that meaningful stewardship of seafood resources could – and, in fact must – result from collaboration between conservation organizations and the seafood...
Kathleen McLaughlin, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer - Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Sarah Hogan, Program Officer - David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Jim Cannon, Chief Executive Officer - Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
Thomas Kraft, Owner - NorPac Fisheries Export

Monday Morning Break

Coffee & Networking in the lobby.

Fish Talk: How Do We Have Useful Conversations About Seafood?

Per capita consumption of french fries in the United States is twice what it is for seafood. We should eat more fish. This is not one of the great untold...
Susan Marks, Sustainability Director - Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Elizabeth Powell
Scott Nichols
Heidi Hanson
Tj Tate

Monday Lunch

Chef choice soup Washington salad (Farm greens, Rainier cherries, Garbanzo bean, celery, bell pepper, Washington apples & house made chive dressing) Herb Marinated Roasted Chicken breast Baked mac & cheese...

The Effect of Aquaculture on World Fish Supplies – 20 Years on

An important review article in Nature, based on data up to 1997 and titled 'The effect of aquaculture on world fish supplies', noted that the aquaculture industry was expanding but...
Dan Lee
Julien Stevens
Corey Peet
Andrew Jackson

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,...
Eric Enno Tamm
Marah Hardt
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...
Lara J.Hansen
John Nordgren, Director - The Climate Resilience Fund
Joseph Gellings, Senior Planner - Port of Seattle
Robert Young, Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines - Western Carolina University
Mark Spalding, President - The Ocean Foundation

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...
Nigel Edwards
Libby Woodhatch, Head of Advocacy - Seafish
Bill DiMento
John Connelly

Monday Afternoon Break

Coffee and networking in lobby.

Plenary: Change at Scale in the Seafood Sector – The Role of Pre-Competitive Collaboration

This session will share practical experience in using pre-competitive private sector sustainability alliances to create change at scale. Using the example of the GSI, a leadership group uniting over 50%...
Avrim Lazar
José Antonio Camposano, Executive President - National Chamber of Aquaculture of Ecuador
Jason Clay, Senior Vice President - WWF

Seafood Champion Awards Finalists Presentation

Session Date: Jun 5 2017 4:45 pm – 5:00 pm

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...

Tuesday Breakfast

Fresh Sliced Seasonal Fruit and Berries Assorted Fresh Pastry Platter Fruit and Plain Yogurts Cold Cereals, Skim and 2% Milk Apple, Orange, Grapefruit and Cranberry Juices Starbucks Coffee, Decaf and...

Welcome & Champions Interview

Hear from the Seafood Champions themselves in this morning Q&A!
Carolyn McMaster, Principal and Co-Founder - Thinkshift Communications

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...
Elena Conterno
Adriana Sanchez
Guisella Viviana Munoz Ibarr

Mind the Gap: Exploring Key Elements to Disrupt the Shrimp Aquaculture Supply Chain to Foster Change

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...
Corey Peet
Joanna Ehrenreich
Robert Logan Kock
Dr. Le Than Luu
Soe Tun
Peter Woon

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,...
Brian Perkins, MSC Regional Director, Americas - Marine Stewardship Council
Brandon Hill, Director of Infrastructure and Supply Chain - Sustainable Restaurant Group
Jason Clay, Senior Vice President - WWF
James Morris
Molly Malloy

“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...
Blake Lee-Harwood
John Fiorillo
Sam Grimley
Gerbrand Haverkamp, Director - Index Initiative

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...
Tim Fitzgerald, Director of Impact - Environmental Defense Fund
Karl Bratvold
Richard Draves
Allen Kimball

Tuesday Morning Break

Coffee and Networking in lobby.

NEW! Lightning Rounds

The focus of lightning rounds will be success stories in implementation of sustainable practices and planning. The goal of lightning rounds is to articulate a topic in a quick, insightful...

Tuesday Lunch

Chef choice soup Seasonal greens Choice of Turkey, Ham & Mortadella Lettuce, tomato & assorted condiments and bread NY cheesecake

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...
Ian Hunhao Chen
Songlin Wang
Jocelyn Drugan, Fisheries Scientist - Ocean Outcomes
He Cui, President - CAPPMA
Fang Qing

GSSI – Benchmarking and the Certification Landscape

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...
Tania Taranovski, Director, Programs & Operations - New England Aquarium
Bill DiMento
Ron Rogness
Lesley Sander
Andrea Weber, Director Corporate Responsibility METRO Cash & Carry - METRO AG Wholesale & Food Specialist Company
Herman Wisse

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...
Kurtis Hayne, Market Analyst - SeaChoice
Bill Wareham
Claire Li
Phil Gibson, CEO - Resiliensea Group
Katie Miller, Project lead, sustainable seafood - ClientEarth
Sam Grimley

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...
Guy Dean
Andrew Day
Peter Ross
Sarah Dudas

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...
Keith Flett, - Future of Fish
Eric Enno Tamm
Sara Lewis
Thomas Kraft, Owner - NorPac Fisheries Export

Tuesday Afternoon Break

Coffee & Networking in lobby.

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...
Simon Dent
Jack Kittinger
Kelly Wachowicz
Manuel Bueno
Hoyt Peckham
Serge Mayaka
Tim Fitzgerald, Director of Impact - Environmental Defense Fund

Closing and End of Day Announcements

Session Date: Jun 6 2017 4:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Wednesday Breakfast

Fresh Sliced Seasonal Fruit and Berries Assorted Fresh Pastry Platter Fruit and Plain Yogurts Cold Cereals, Skim and 2% Milk Apple, Orange, Grapefruit and Cranberry Juices Starbucks Coffee, Decaf and...

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...
Adam Baske
Ashley Apel
Brett Dow Bremser
Natalie Webster, Director or Operations - American Albacore Fishing Association

Are You Willing to Pay More for Scrupulous Seafood?

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...
James Wright
Jason Judd
Bill DiMento
Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen

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...
Lara Koritzke
Brian Perkins, MSC Regional Director, Americas - Marine Stewardship Council
Contessa Kellogg-Winters
Herman Wisse
Gifford (Marco) Pinchot
Santi Roberts, Science Manager - Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

Wednesday Morning Break

Coffee and networking in lobby.

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....
Duncan Leadbitter
Antonius Gagern, Environmental Economist - Rare
Corey Peet
Andrew Jackson

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...
Stephanie Bradley
Rene Benguerel
Dick Jones
Adriana Sanchez
David Schorr

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...
Annika Mackensen
Mariaeleonora D’Andrea
Jason Judd
Jack Kittinger
John Connelly
Nafisah Ula, Research Director - National Guestworker Alliance

Evolution of Addressing Bycatch — Progress and Future Directions on Bycatch Reduction and Improved Utilization of Discards

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 reducing...
John Henderschedt, Director, Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection - NOAA Fisheries
John Gauvin
Ernesto Penas
Samuel Rauch III, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries - NOAA

Wednesday Lunch

Chef choice soup Traditional Caesar, chop romaine, garlic croutons, shaved parmesan & dressing Chicken cordon blue, lemon caper Baked ziti Roasted calabacitas Lemon bars

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...
Satoshi Matsumoto, Manager, Marine Products Department - Japan Consumers Co-operative Union (JCCU)
Wakao Hanaoka
Ana Chang, International Relations - Seafood Legacy
Songlin Wang
Jiehyoun Park
Brian Caouette

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...
Hillary Egna
Gil Sylvia
Alistar Douglas
John Goodlad
Richard L. Merrick

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...
Seleni Cruz, Conservation Coordinator - The Nature Conservancy
Juliette Tunstall
Stephani Mangunsong

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,...
Ray Hilborn
Manuel Barange
Merrick Burden
Steven Gaines
Yimin Ye

Closing Remarks

Three chefs representing different culinary and regional cultures will discuss how their leadership roles in the sustainable seafood conversation have evolved. With a specific focus on chef and consumer perception...
Tom Douglas
Ned Bell
Barton Seaver

Closing Reception

Session Date: Jun 7 2017 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Taylor Shellfish Farm Tour*

After the conference, take an all day trip along the Puget Sound to visit Taylor Shellfish Farms. Taylor Shellfish (est. 1890) is a family run company, and the largest purveyor...
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