Global Seafood Sustainability Conference to Feature 155 Speakers And Reflect on 20 Years of The Sustainable Seafood Movement
Portland, ME (June 2, 2017)—The 2017 edition of the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier seafood sustainability conference, will spotlight a record number of expert speakers, with 155 in total between 32 full-length educational sessions and 16 lightning-round briefs.
The conference, which will be held June 5-7 in Seattle, WA – USA, will reflect on 20 years of the sustainable seafood movement and the collaboration between conservation organizations and the seafood industry. A handful of sessions will look back to those early years, reviewing through various perspectives what the movement has accomplished over the past two decades and what challenges lie ahead.
On Monday, June 5, the conference will open with a keynote address on the role of larger retailers in the sustainable seafood movement. The keynote will be followed by an expert plenary panel raising, and seeking to answer, questions that include: What has really changed? Where has the movement fallen short? And given what we know now, what should the next big initiative be?
Later that day, another 20-year-long conversation will be reopened — this one on aquaculture and its impact on the world’s fish supply. The topic was first brought to light in a 1997 Nature article, and in 2007 a SeaWeb Seafood Summit plenary panel debated its various implications. We know even more now, and this year’s panel will discuss what that means for the future of our fisheries. The topic will be explored further in two Tuesday breakout sessions: one on how to innovate the shrimp aquaculture supply chain for a sustainable future, and another on the opportunities and challenges involved in creating more sustainable Chinese fisheries and aquaculture.
Another running topic at this year’s Summit is pre-competitive collaboration. It’s the focus of a pre-conference workshop on June 4, and of five sessions throughout the conference, including one built around the successful case study of GSI, a leadership group uniting over 50 percent of the global farmed salmon sector. Another highly-anticipated session on the topic will explore how Alaska pollock fishermen and processors are using technology, innovation, and collaboration to provide new solutions in pre- and post-harvest sustainability.
Other timely topics to be covered include plastics pollution, food security, third-party traceability providers, and business-to-consumer seafood marketing, including new data on how the public really feels about fish.
With speakers hailing from every corner of the sustainable seafood movement — and the world — the Summit offers a complete, expansive look into sustainability, with several hundreds of global representatives from the seafood industry, the conservation community, academia, government, and the media registered to attend.
The main program includes daily plenary presentations, sixteen lightning rounds, as well as six breakout timeslots, each offering three or more topics for attendees to choose from. Each timeslot is buffered by a networking or refreshment break, allowing time to network with other professionals, manage email or check in with the office.
Day One concludes with the Seafood Champion Awards and a reception at Chihuly Garden and Glass (sponsored by ASMI), a program that recognizes individuals and companies that have made outstanding contributions to the sustainable seafood movement. Each year, a finalist is chosen as the winner in each of four categories: Leadership, Innovation, Vision, and Advocacy.
More information on the Summit and how to register can be found at seafoodsummit.org.
SeaWeb accelerates the uptake of sustainable practices and products in the global seafood industry through communications, convening, and facilitation. SeaWeb is a project of The Ocean Foundation. SeaWeb produces the Seafood Summit in partnership with Diversified Communications.
About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications is a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, digital products, and publications. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, technology and business management. The company’s global seafood portfolio of expositions and media includes Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, Seafood Expo Asia and SeafoodSource.com. Diversified Communications, in partnership with SeaWeb, also produces SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier seafood conference on sustainability. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified has divisions in the Eastern United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit: www.divcom.com.
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