Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium 2020 to be held virtually

Published on
June 10, 2020

Seafood Legacy, Co., Ltd. and Nikkei ESG, hosts of the Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium 2020 (TSSS2020), announced on 8 June that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TSSS2020 will be held during the first week of November as a two-day virtual event.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the seafood industry's vulnerabilities and dramatically transformed our consumption habits and global seafood supply chain. The TSSS2020 seeks to lay out a roadmap for the Japanese seafood industry to continue surviving in a post-pandemic new normal society and chart a way forward for the sustainable seafood movement," Seafood Legacy CEO Wakao Hanaoka said.

The annual symposium is Asia’s largest on sustainable seafood. This year will be the sixth time the event has been held. The symposium has typically consisted of speeches and panel discussions with government officials, NGOs, and company executives. At the first several shows, speakers were mostly from overseas, but at more recent shows, Japanese speakers have increased.

Last year’s event had 103 speakers, and attracted 1,000 attendees. It was energized by the sustainable sourcing pledge by the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics, reform of Japan’s basic fishing law, and the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Japan Sustainable Seafood Awards were introduced at last year’s show to recognize the efforts of leaders who have contributed to energizing the sustainable seafood movement in Japan. This will be continued in the online TSSS2020.

Registration is free of charge and is open to participants worldwide, according to event organizers. Japanese and English simultaneous translation will be provided.

Seafood Legacy is a Tokyo-based consultancy that forges connections between sustainable seafood programs and businesses. Nikkei ESG is a monthly magazine from Nikkei Business Publications, Inc., focusing on corporate ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) initiatives and institutional investor trends.

The event is co-hosted by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation.

Contributing Editor reporting from Osaka, Japan

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