Seafood Industry Leaders Will Learn and Network while Exploring Bangkok, Thailand, this June
Portland, Maine (May 20, 2019) — On 10-14 June, diverse attendees from the commercial seafood industry, retail and foodservice industries, conservation community, academia and government will convene at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, for the 15th edition of the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier seafood conference on sustainability. With several new engagement-enhancing session formats on the agenda, #SWSS19 promises to be the most experiential summit yet. In addition to the primary conference sessions, attendees will have the chance to participate in a focused half-day seminar, lightning-round talks, offsite field trips, workshops, interactive breakout sessions and more.
DAY 1 SEMINAR (MONDAY 10 JUNE)
For the second consecutive year, the SeaWeb Seafood Summit is making its intensive seminar free to all Full Conference Pass and Tuesday Day Pass attendees. The seminar, sponsored by Humanity United and The Freedom Fund, is titled Amplifying Worker Voice: Integrating Worker Engagement Approaches into Ethical Supply Chain Management and will focus on how to bridge the gap globalization has created between those who manage supply chains and those who work within them. Without clear visibility and two-way communication, poor working conditions can proliferate; and in response, companies, labor experts, and seafood stakeholders have begun to explore systems and technologies that can amplify worker engagement and voice. In this hands-on seminar, facilitator Tobias Aguirre, CEO at FishWise and a team of complementary experts will dive into some of the best models and tools, leaving attendees with a better understanding of the benefits of and pathways to ethical worker engagement, including next steps to take within their own organizations.
DAY 3 FLEX TIME (WEDNESDAY 12 JUNE)
New this year, attendees can choose any one of the five different experiences for the morning of Day 3 or dedicate the time to additional networking and meetings. Options include two offsite field trips and three interactive workshops, plus a pre-lunch networking break. Field trips are limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-serve basis through conference registration; but attendees who stay on site will also have three great workshop experiences to choose from. Options include:
Day 3 Field Trips
Thailand Department of Fisheries Monitoring Center (FMC), sponsored by the Thailand Department of Fisheries — Tour the FMC, which supplies intelligence and provides support to inspection and enforcement agencies, and view the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) technology the Department uses to monitor Thai fishing vessels fishing in Thai waters and beyond.
Thai Union Innovation Center, sponsored by Thai Union — Take a walking tour around the penthouse and basement of Thai Union’s Global Innovation Center, where assumptions are challenged and problems solved using out-of-the-box ideas, and view the pilot plant where Thai Union tests innovations in semi-manufacturing scale.
Day 3 Workshops
Money Matters: How do we Pay for Social and Environmental Sustainability? A panel of purchasing, export, supply chain management, and conservation philanthropy experts will challenge attendees’ funding assumptions and explain how and why stakeholders make socially and environmentally sustainable purchasing and investment decisions, including the levers, incentives, risks, and first steps.
Building Momentum for FIPS in Southeast Asia – This workshop will discuss how the principles behind the Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) model, which is optimized primarily to certify large export-driven fisheries, can also be applied to small-scale fisheries. While certification may not be an option for these fisheries, there’s often significant potential for conservation gains.
On the Frontlines: How Multi-Sector Partnerships can Strengthen Maritime Security and Advance Environmentally and Socially Responsible Seafood–This panel led by Honey Elias and Darrick McNeill from the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office will convene experts from across the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) sectors, seafood industry, ocean conservation and human rights/labor space to explore the needs and opportunities for collaboration and illustrate how multi-sector partnerships can strengthen and advance maritime security, seafood sustainability and social justice.
LIGHTNING ROUNDS (WEDNESDAY 12 JUNE)
Back again by popular demand, the Summit’s lightning-round talks will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. These quick, single-speaker presentations are limited to 10 minutes and three slides, with a comprehensive Q&A session following each hour-long block. Topics range from labeling and branding, to canned tuna issues, to how to motivate people to buy sustainable seafood online.
DAY 5 FIELD TRIP (FRIDAY 14 JUNE)
Samut Sakhon PIPO Center Visit and Processing Plant, sponsored by Thai Union and the Thailand Department of Fisheries — After the conference formally closes, attendees can choose to spend an extra full day (Friday 14 June) in the field, getting a behind-the-scenes look at a leading local exporter and one of the 30 control centers keeping Thai vessels in compliance across the country’s 22 provinces.
The day begins with a tour of the Department of Fisheries Port-In Port-Out (PIPO) control center in Samut Sakhon, where representatives from the Ministry of Labor, the Marine Department, the Department of Fisheries and the Royal Thai Navy work together as an integrative, autonomous body to ensure that large fishing vessels coming in and out of port are all electronically monitored, equipped with relevant legal documents, correct fishing gear and supplementary equipment, and free of labor violations. Next, attendees will enjoy a seafood lunch at a local restaurant before ending the day at the Thai Union Feedmill in Samut Sakhon, a producer and exporter of aquatic animal feed. There, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at the production of shrimp feed, freshwater fish feed, marine fish feed, and extruded feed before touring the company’s shrimp trial ponds.
Industry members and guests can register at https://seafoodsummit.org/reg for a conference pass, which includes the 10 June Seminar. The 14 June field trip requires an upgrade. More details and registration options at https://www.seafoodsummit.org/fees/
Qualified members of the press employed by accredited consumer or trade news organizations are invited to attend and cover this event and must pre-register for a press pass at https://www.seafoodsummit.org/mediapress-registration/.
About SeaWeb: SeaWeb serves the sustainable seafood community by fostering communication and networking and promoting the exchange of knowledge and ideas to help guide, inspire and reward progress towards greater seafood sustainability. SeaWeb is a project of The Ocean Foundation, a unique community foundation with a mission to support, strengthen and promote organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. SeaWeb produces the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in partnership with Diversified Communications. For more information, visit: www.seaweb.org.
About Diversified Communications: Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products Diversified Communications connects, educates and strengthens business communities in over 14 industries including: food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. 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. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit: www.divcom.com.