Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Seafood Champion Awards, organizer SeaWeb announced on 13 November.
The awards, which were first presented in 2006, honor and recognize organizations and individuals who lead the charge in promoting environmentally-responsible seafood. Ideal nominees demonstrate an “outstanding commitment to advancing seafood sustainability in the fishing, aquaculture, supply chain, retail, and restaurant or foodservice sectors, as well as conservation, science, academia, and the media,” SeaWeb said in its call for nominations.
Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on 9 January, 2018. Four finalists and one winner will be selected for each of the following categories:
- Seafood Champion Award for Leadership – An individual or entity that displays leadership by organizing and convening seafood stakeholders to improve the sustainability of seafood and ocean health.
- Seafood Champion Award for Innovation – An individual or entity that identifies and applies creative new solutions to address: ecological challenges; existing market needs; barriers to sustainability.
- Seafood Champion Award for Vision – An individual or entity that establishes a clear and compelling vision of the future that inspires positive change for sustainable seafood in technology, policy, products or markets, or conservation tools.
- Seafood Champion Award for Advocacy – An individual or entity who positively influences public policy, uses the media to raise the profile sustainable seafood, or influences public discourse and engages key stakeholders by publicly championing advances in sustainable seafood.
SeaWeb President Mark Spalding encourages anyone with a “sustainability success story” to send in a nomination for the Seafood Champion Awards, which will be presented during the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Barcelona, Spain from 19 to 21 June next year.
"The future of humankind is linked to the future of the ocean. The well-managed fisheries and farms we are building today will provide an enormous benefit in quality of life tomorrow. The Seafood Champion Awards celebrate the people and organizations who are working for that future. I urge everyone with a sustainability success story to submit a nomination," Spalding said.
Interested parties should review the 2018 Nominations Guidance page before making a submission, according to SeaWeb. More information, including past winners, interviews, photo and video gallery and media kit, can be found at www.seafoodchampions.org.