10-14 June 2019 | Shangri-La Hotel | Bangkok, Thailand

2018 Conference Program

2018 Conference Program

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Day 1
18 June 2018
Day 2
19 June 2018
Day 3
20 June 2018
Day 4
21 June 2018
Day 5
22 June 2018

Seminar: The State of Global Tuna Sustainability

The SeaWeb Seafood Summit has traditionally begun with a pre-conference event taking place the day before the official Summit opening. The subject of these events reflect the seafood zeitgeist and...
Tom Pickerell


Javier Garat

Plenary: Sustainable Seafood: How Does it Stack up?

The sustainable seafood movement’s 20+ year partnership among industry and NGO leaders has transformed the sector in many ways, but we rarely stop to consider how this compares to other...
Tobias Aguirre
Max Levine
Heiko Liedeker
Lucas Simons

Plenary: Is Spain Really as Important as the Global Seafood Sustainability Movement Believes?

Spain plays a key role in the global seafood landscape due to 3 main reasons: 1. Spain's high per capita seafood usage of over 42 kilograms per person per year....
Pedro Ferreiro Velasco
Gorka Azkona
Paloma Colmenarejo- Fernández
Nuno Cosme

More Than a Buzzword: Why Sustainability and Transparency are Key for the Seafood Industry and its Consumers

Today, sustainability is more than just a buzzword. It is proof that a brand or product is rooted in responsibility. Yet somehow, great mystery remains on how to communicate this...
Dick Jones
Mercedes Fernández
Susan Marks
Neil Radix

Seafood Co-Lab Session – Chefs for the Blue

Chefs for the Blue: The core of this project is Tokyo’s top chefs. Chefs are very powerful influencers to both downstream (consumers) and upstream (producers) in the society. Chefs can...
Hiroko Sasaki

Successes and Challenges in Sustainable Aquaculture – State of the Industry

In the seafood media we often hear about the great innovations in aquaculture and the big challenges facing the industry, which can make it difficult to know where the industry...
Chris Ninnes
Bill DiMento
Greg Brown

Financing Aquaculture: Impact Investments to Accelerate the Blue Revolution

Aquaculture is now the world’s fastest growing food production sector and is projected to grow well into the future. By some estimates as much as an additional $400 billion will...
Trip O’Shea
Robert Jones
Mike Velings
Neil Sims

If Policy Implementation is Making Real Progress at Supply Chain Level – Are Certification Schemes Still Necessary?

In 1962, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) collaborated to construct an international code of practice for food standards called the Codex Alimentarius. Governments...
Peter Hajipieris

The Business Case for Traceability

Building on years of seafood traceability expertise, FishWise, Future of Fish (FoF), Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC), and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have come together in a collaborative effort to...
Andy Kennedy
Marah Hardt
Sara Lewis
Ally Dingwall
David Schorr

The State of Improvement Projects

It is critical for any company that buys, sells and trades seafood to have consistent access to the raw materials that keep their business viable. Yet, there is still a...
Dick Jones
Victor Garrido
Kathryn Novak
Stacy Schultz

Wrap-up & Seafood Champion Awards Winners Announcement

Wrap-up & Seafood Champion Awards Winners Announcement

Seafood Champion Awards Reception

Seafood Champion Awards Reception

Sponsored Event: Future of Aquaculture: Stay the Course or Time to Get Radical?

A frank discussion on reconciling worries about the environmental costs of aquaculture with enthusiasm for its role in feeding the world. Supporters laud aquaculture as a resource efficient form of...

Sponsored Event: Recent Advances in Understanding the Status of Fish Stocks and Impacts of Fishing on Ecosystems

The International Fisheries Innovation Network (I-FIN) is a collaborative of scientists and managers working to improve the performance of fisheries and their contribution to food security.  This session will summarize...

Plenary: Building Socially Responsible Seafood Supply Chains through Worker Voice

The topic of worker voice is drawing increasing attention as companies seek to promote human and worker rights in supply chains. Worker voice is a term that includes both grievance...
Jen Cole
Marife Casem
Jittrinee Kaeojinda
Art Prapha

Multinational Approaches to Assessing Sustainability and Sharing Knowledge: A Global Collaboration between Seafood Ratings Programs

Seafood production and the supply chains that deliver these products to markets form a complex global web; a challenge to understanding and improving the sustainability of both wild caught and...
Lisa Max
Christine Absil
Tori Spence McConnell
Erick Ross Salazar
Songlin Wang

Maximizing the Whole Fish: How By-Products Can Increase Food Production, Value, and Sustainability

Fish guts, heads and skins! At first glance, not the most appealing topic – but don’t be fooled by appearances, fish by-products are valuable raw materials that are vital to...
Julien Stevens
Luis Antelo
Trygve Berg Lea
Dave Little
Peter Hajipieris
Richard Newton

Fishery Improvements towards sustainability in the Mediterranean Sea: MEDFISH a collaborative approach

According to European Commission, fish stocks in the Mediterranean are deteriorating at an alarming rate. Ninety-three percent of the assessed fish stocks in the Mediterranean are over-exploited, and a number...
Camiel Derichs
Eduardo Balguerias
Jose Luis García Varas
Caroline Mangalo
Pilar Vara del Río
Gerhard Zurlutter

Investment, Credit Lending and IUU Fishing

Many people eat seafood, but few are aware of its origin. The unknown provenance of seafood comes with an associated risk of being subject to unsustainable fishing and illegal practices,...
Huw Thomas
Hilde Jervan
Rob Lake
Kees Lankester

Making Environmental Sustainability Accessible to Data-Limited Fisheries

Recent global reviews suggest that unassessed fisheries are failing to meet conservation and harvest objectives, primarily due to a lack of effective management interventions, in developed as well as developing...
Carlos Montero
Sergi Tudela Casanovas
Carmen Revenga

Building Equity into Seafood Sustainability

In the context of the wider seafood sustainability movement, and in recognition of global efforts to use sustainability as a marketing tool, are small scale fisheries being given equal opportunities?...
Martin Purves
Helen Packer
Alice Miller
Keith André
David Parker

Blue Growth: Issues for African Fisheries Dependent Coastal Communities

The concept of Blue Growth has become a dominant theme in Ocean governance, which is increasingly the framework used by international organisations to approach fisheries reforms. Worldwide, this concept is...
Béatrice Gorez
Keith André
Micheline Dion Somplehi
Gaoussou Gueye

Roundtable Discussion: Identifying the Needs and Ideal Strategies for Supporting More Cohesive Messaging About Marine Aquaculture Among Diverse Stakeholder Groups

We will convene a modified round table discussion with Summit participants to discuss the following guiding questions: o How can the leaders in the sustainable seafood community work together to...
Robert Jones
Bertrand Le Gallic
Cindy Sandoval
Neil Sims

Plenary: Environmental and Ethical Sustainability through Transparency, Traceability and Accountability

This panel will explore innovative solutions to secure sustainable and crime free supply chains. The discussion will highlight transnational organised crime in the seafood sector, such as IUU fishing and...
Steve Trent
Tony Long
Adisorn Promthep
Andrea K. Weber

Sponsored Event: Joining Forces to Provide the Seafood Industry with a Social Compliance Benchmark Tool – The GSSI / SSCI Collaboration

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)’s Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) and the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) recently announced their collaboration to provide a benchmark and recognition tool for social...

Shaping a Sustainable Future for Aquaculture Feeds

Aquaculture’s growth is faster than any other part of agriculture; and provided it grows rapidly enough, aquaculture will be a cornerstone of a hopeful and secure food future. To expand...
Scott Nichols
Jason Clay
Larry Feinberg
Chris Haacke
Lukas Manomaitis
Jose Villalon

Addressing the Problem of Plastics in the Fishing Industry Supply Chain through Best Practices: Challenges and Opportunities

Plastics are everywhere. We encounter them every day – from our toothbrushes, to clothes, to food packaging. Plastics are also prevalent in the fishing industry – most modern commercial fishing...
Christina Dixon
Guy Dean
Melissa Garren
Carmen Morales
David Parker

The Fish Fight Campaign and Common Fisheries Policy Aimed to Eliminate Discarding in Europe: Five years on, Are We Succeeding?

With almost 900,000 people across 195 countries signing up to the Fish Fight, this media-led campaign delivered a very clear message from civil society to national governments and the then...
Mike Mitchell
Samantha Burgess
Ally Dingwall
Verner Jensen
Miguel Nuevo

The Impact of Chinese Consumption Trends on Global Efforts Towards Seafood Sustainability

Even as Chinese demand makes it the world's top seafood market there hasn't been a corresponding adaptation of sustainability certification programs seen in more mature markets. However there has been...
Mark Godfrey
Simone Pisu
Julian Hawkins
Tony Long
Neil Radix
Songlin Wang

Tropical Shrimp Aquaculture: Extensive Versus Intensive – Mutually Exclusive in the Definition of Sustainable Production?

Europe, and Spain in particular, is a major importer of tropical aquaculture shrimp. Buyers looking for responsibly produced tropical shrimp, face serious challenges. Apart from the problems associated with labor...
Christine Absil
Rene Benguerel
Wendy Norden
Roy van Daatselaar

How to Consider Gender in Social Responsibility

The seafood industry is starting to examine its engagement with women’s empowerment and gender equity. For many companies, uprooting gender inequities across the value chain is both good for society...
Alice Miller
Hanaa Bechache
Marie Christine Monfort
Micheline Dion Somplehi
Peter Hajipieris

Case For Action: How Science-Based Fisheries Management Requirements Are Good For The Oceans, Business, And The World

Since 1976, the U.S. Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) has been a standard in fisheries management laws and has served as a model for fisheries management. Through two reauthorizations, the law was...
Brett Veerhusen
Gilbert Brogan
Chris Dorsett
Lasse Gustavsson

Plenary: Driving Global Commitments to Social Responsibility in the Seafood Sector

Fisheries and aquaculture employ millions and are the primary source of animal protein for three out of every seven people globally. Recent media revelations about slavery and labor rights abuses...
Jack Kittinger
Steven Gaines
Thomas Kraft
Marife Casem
Richard Stavis

Field Trip* – Spanish Processing Plant & Fishery Tour

After the conference, join fellow attendees on a field trip up the coastline of Spain. First, the group will visit tuna and swordfish processor Frime, a family business with roots...
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