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.