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

2018 Seminar: The State of Global Tuna Sustainability

Seminar: The State of Global Tuna Sustainability

18 June 2018 | 13:00 – 17:30

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 have previously included social responsibility, transparency and pre-competitive collaboration. In 2018 we will be focusing on tuna which should come as no surprise considering tuna are among the world’s most popular fish and among the most commercially valuable. Tuna are fished in more than 70 countries and tuna are marketed in fresh, frozen, canned and pouched form and eaten by both humans and pets. However, because of the high demand for this fish, many stocks are fully exploited or overfished. Furthermore, some methods of capture have serious bycatch issues and almost all stocks are lacking in comprehensive management strategies. Finally, as most tuna fishing takes place on the high seas – away from monitoring and surveillance – this provides the opportunity for IUU activity to take place, including Human Rights & Labour abuses.

Our Tuna Seminar will delve into this, and more, and attempt to provide the audience with an overview of the current environmental performance of the key species and a discussion on current and planned company, conservation and collaborative efforts to address the issues in tuna fisheries. In addition, there will be a session on tuna FIPs and certification and a panel on combating IUU.


Day 1
18 June 2018

Introduction & Current State of Tuna Fisheries

There are 23 stocks of major commercial tuna species worldwide – 6 albacore, 4 bigeye, 4 bluefin, 5 skipjack, and 4 yellowfin stocks. As the kick off to The State...
Tom Pickerell
Jose Aller
Victor Restrepo

Taking the Initiative: Company, Conservation and Collaborative Efforts to Address Tuna Fisheries

Bringing together a number of keystone stakeholders from the tuna industry, this panel will discuss the ever increasing importance, improved fisheries management, comprehensive sourcing strategies and the need for effective...
Jonathan Curto
Marife Casem
Anthony R. Lazazzara
Luciano Pirovano
Robin Teets
Geoffrey Muldoon

FIPs & Certification

The role of private certification schemes has been controversial in tuna fishing, specially during the last few years. The challenge for the tuna industry chain (producers, processors and suppliers) is...
Camiel Derichs
Julio Moron
Ernesto Godelman
Mónica Maldonado
Maurice Brownjohn
Kristin Sherwood

Combatting IUU: The Business Case for Electronic Monitoring

As fisheries worldwide lose billions of dollars due to illegal practices, an innovative collaboration has been making gains in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated tuna fishing through the...
Godfrey Baidoo-Tsibu
Anthony R. Lazazzara
Victor Restrepo
David Schorr
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