MSC to host seminar at NASF conference

The Marine Stewardship Council on Wednesday announced that it is partnering with the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) to hold a seminar detailing the issues that define the seafood sustainability debate.

Titled the 1st MSC Sustainability and Communications seminar, the discussion will debut at 7th NASF conference in Oslo, Norway, from 6 to 8 March 2012.

Peter Hajipieris, chief technical, sustainability and external affairs officer for Iglo Birdseye and architect the company’s Forever Food initiative, will chair the seminar.

“We hope the seminar will remove some of the ‘cloudiness’ that is so often part of the debate in sustainable fisheries development,” said Hajipieris. “Achieving a more sustainable industry will require complete value chains to become better skilled at demonstrating progress in sustainable fisheries Development. [The seminar] is a fantastic opportunity to discuss, explore and hear how industry practitioners are driving their own versions of sustainable fisheries development in conjunction with the certifiers and the standards holders.”

Seafood business executives, fisheries scientists, policy makers, standard setters, auditors and environmentalists are encouraged to attend the seminar.

A number of sustainability-related topics will be addressed, from communication to science to policy making.

“Sustainability is today a core part of doing business in the seafood industry, and it is critical for decision makers to fully understand the context, challenges and opportunities that come with it,” added Camiel Derichs, deputy director-Europe for the MSC.


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