Seattle excursions, lightning talks amp up SeaWeb Seafood Summit program

Published on
May 11, 2017

Attendees of this year’s upcoming SeaWeb Seafood Summit – to be held in Seattle, Washington from 5 to 7 June – are eligible to participate in a variety of new, innovative learning experiences unique to the Emerald City and this year’s conference, according to event organizer Diversified Communications. 

The 2017 SeaWeb Seafood Summit, which is produced by Diversified (the parent company of SeafoodSource) in partnership with SeaWeb, will allow visitors to dive deeper into sustainability topics of choice through not only the conference program itself, but also via intensive pre-conference workshops, two post-conference field trips and/or a series of lightning round talks. 

The lightning round talks, which are new to the program in 2017, will feature industry and international perspectives, and consist of 10-minute single-presenter talks on relevant matters pertaining to seafood, sustainability and innovation. The 16 lightning rounds will take place across four conference rooms from 11 a.m. -12 p.m. on Tuesday, 6 June, with the presenters sharing their own sustainable seafood success stories, focusing on planning tactics and specific best practices. 

Summit pre-conference workshops will be held on Sunday, 4 June, and tackle topics such as pre-competitive collaboration from a number of angles, including successful case studies, models, risks and challenges. 

On 8 June, following the conclusion of the conference program, attendees can opt-in to one of two field trips specific to Seattle, with each trip option involving “time on the water, a sampling of local, sustainably-caught seafood and a behind-the-scenes look at a pillar of the seafood industry,” said Diversified. 

The first trip begins with a stop at the historic Pike Place Market, which will then be followed by a boat ride out to Blake Island, a 475-acre marine camping park where traditional alder fire-roasted fish will be served as a Northwest Native American storytelling show unfolds. The second trip encompasses a visit out to Taylor Shellfish Farms along the Puget Sound. Taylor Shellfish – which is the largest shellfish purveyor in the Pacific Northwest, farming oysters, clams, mussels and geoduck – will take visitors on a tour through its processing plants and its tideland farms, and then out to its hatchery in Quilcene following a shellfish-centric lunch. 

Pre- and post-conference event access, which is not included in the conference pass, can be explored and purchased here: www.seafoodsummit.org

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