2017 SeaWeb Seafood Summit packs a sustainable, newsy punch
The 2017 SeaWeb Seafood Summit, which took place 5 to 7 June in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., brought together more than 580 global representatives of the seafood industry, the conservation community, academia, government, and the media for in-depth discussions, presentations and networking around the issue of sustainable seafood.
Here’s a review of the news that was made at this year’s summit:
A major topic of discussion at the conference was pre-competitive collaboration, with several panels and keynotes approaching the issues from different angles. In the pre-conference on Sunday, 4 June, attendees heard from Nira Desai, the director of strategy and learning for the World Cocoa, a key player in the development of CocoaAction, a sustainability movement in the cocoa industry:
Pre-competitive collaboration will also play a key role in the future of global aquaculture, according to experts at the conference:
In other big news for aquaculture, on Monday, 5 June, Seafood Watch upgraded farmed salmon certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council to its “Good Alternative” rating, marked “a watershed moment for the sustainability credentials of farmed salmon”:
Later on Monday, 5 June, the 2017 Seafood Champion Awards were handed out at a ceremony in Chihuly Gardens in Seattle. SeafoodSource profiled each of this year’s winners:
Many nonprofit organizations with a stake in marine and seafood issues took advantage of the platform provided by SeaWeb to announce new partnerships and initaitives.
Meanwhile, the conference began focusing on impact investment and business-created and –run solutions to improve the sustainability of the seafood industry:
Social issues in the seafood industry took center stage on the last day of the conference, as attendees debated the definition of fair labor standards and discussed the release of a scientific paper that made saves across the seafood industry and beyond:
The developing roles that technology and innovation play within the seafood sustainability movement were also a primary focus of the Summit, with different fisheries and analysts discussing several platforms that are curbing bycatch and improving traceability:
Finally, the location of next year’s summit, scheduled for 18 to 20 June, 2018, was announced to close the show:
To review even more news from the conference, here is every story published by SeafoodSource related to the 2017 SeaWeb Seafood Summit: