Top Spanish Fisheries Advocate to Speak at SeaWeb Seafood Summit 2018

Javier Garat will deliver the opening welcome address

PORTLAND, Maine — June 15, 2018 —Javier Garat, a leading advocate for Spanish fisheries interests around the world, will give the opening address at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, taking place June 18-21 at Hotel Arts Barcelona.

Garat has served at the helm of several seafood industry associations throughout the EU. He is the current president of Europe’s International Coalition of Fisheries Associations (ICFA) and of the EU’s Association of National Organizations of Fishing Enterprises (Europêche), and also heads up Capesca, a Spanish fishing confederation. He has been the voice of the industry in public forums including the European Parliament and the UN, and regularly lectures on sustainability and environmental management topics at several universities and institutes.

In his #SWSS18 talk, scheduled for Tuesday, June 19, at 9:00 a.m., Garat will welcome attendees and set the tone for three busy days of conversations and progress among sustainable seafood stakeholders. Since the mid-2000s, Garat has been an advocate for balanced environmentally and economically sustainable fishing regulations within the EU. He has made recent headlines for his public statements that such measures have been paying off in Spain, resulting in higher catches, better economic performance, and reduction of fuel consumption.

“Javier Garat is one of the most highly regarded voices in the Spanish seafood industry, and I’m delighted that he’ll be joining us at SeaWeb Seafood Summit and welcoming this year’s attending professionals,” said Brenna Hensley, event director for Diversified Communications. “His work on behalf of Spain and EU fisheries serves as a beacon for other regions and is one of the reasons we’re proud to bring the Summit to Barcelona this year.”

The SeaWeb Seafood Summit is the world’s premier seafood sustainability conference, bringing together over 105 speakers from all facets of the sustainable seafood movement. Summit speakers and registered attendees include global representatives from the seafood industry, the conservation community, academia, government, and the media.

Attendees can register now to gain access to the welcome address and all other Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday sessions. For more information or to register, visit


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:


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 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:



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