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

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

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 (intentionally or unintentionally) maritime threats like illegal fishing, or crimes like human trafficking and/or the illegal wildlife trade, or, attempting to eliminate illegal activity and/or mitigate the associated maritime threats and maritime crime in the seafood supply chain, the industry has an important role to play. The active management of risks and opportunities within the maritime domain is an enormous and dynamic challenge that no one country or sector can tackle alone. Rather, the interconnected global maritime community of interest including governments, local communities, industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations need to develop collaborative relationships, infrastructure and strategies to more effectively address local and global threats to maritime security.

This panel 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.

Specifically, the panel will seek to:

· Foster partnerships between the maritime security and sustainable seafood communities to strengthen data collection, sharing, analysis, infrastructure and its use,

· Identify emerging technology threats and solutions by bringing together global maritime-related technology subject matter experts,

· Support key international and national directives to counter Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, piracy, and other economic and security risks affecting the oceans,

· Support mariners on a global scale by working closely with seafood harvesters and processors and other maritime sectors to improve timely alerts, warnings and notifications, and

· Discuss various legal and policy approaches to eradicating IUU fishing and other illegal maritime activity, with a focus on enforcement and prosecution.

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