Top seafood figures to anchor first-ever sustainability forum

Top names in the culinary and business world will be on hand in the United States this fall for the first-ever East Coast Seafood Forum, to be held at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

The day-long event, scheduled for 5 October, is designed to bring regional industry leaders together to discuss sustainable seafood, with topics including traceability, balancing sustainable practices with economic demands and the role of aquaculture in sustainable seafood.

"The purpose for the forum was similar to the needs of establishing a sustainable seafood program at the National Aquarium – the East Coast seafood industry needed a voice,” Tj Tate, the aquarium’s director of sustainable seafood, told SeafoodSource. “This is a region steeped in traditions, struggles and most recently innovation. We must celebrate and embrace this strong community, seafood responsibly produced and harvested and of course, enjoyed.”

Celebrity chef, restaurateur and author Rick Moonen (pictured, file photo) will serve as moderator for the forum. Other speakers will include economist and author Michael H. Shuman, James Beard Award-winning chef Spike Gjerde, Jeff Morgan with Mars and chef and author Barton Seaver.

The aquarium is sponsoring the event together with American fresh and frozen seafood producer Samuels and Son Seafood, along with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.


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