SEG Panel: Accountability and Transparency: Industry Leadership in the Tuna Sustainability Space

The Pew Charitable Trusts International Fisheries Program Director Tom Pickerell
The Pew Charitable Trusts International Fisheries Program Director Tom Pickerell
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The 2023 Seafood Expo Global, which took place 25 to 27 April 2023 in Barcelona, Spain, featured a comprehensive conference program of live panel events focusing on topics chosen to be of vital interest to the seafood industry.

The 20 individual presentations from SEG featured exclusive information and insight from seafood industry experts, including economic forecasts and analysis on the trends and topics impacting the global seafood industry as it navigates issues of trade, food safety, traceability, aquaculture, sustainability, and consumption trends. Now, a video recording of each of these sessions is available for on-demand replay.

Featuring International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Head Scientist Victor Restrepo and NGO Tuna Forum Global Communication Head Robin Teets, and moderated by The Pew Charitable Trusts International Fisheries Program Director Tom Pickerell, “Accountability and Transparency: Industry Leadership in the Tuna Sustainability Space” is available free for SeafoodSource Premium members and for USD 350 to non-members through the Complete Digital Ticket: Seafood Expo Global 2023.

The session was presented on Wednesday, 26 April 2023, with the following description:

The environmental NGO community has long been a staunch and vocal advocate for more sustainable practices by the global fishing industry. More recently, the NGO community has made strides in harmonizing their priorities to more effectively support willing market and supply chain companies to adopt new or stronger policy commitments to advance sustainable tuna fisheries.

With aligned priorities and policies in place, now is the time for a new phase of stakeholder engagement. NGOs working with market and supply chain companies are poised to demonstrate verifiable progress against those promises. Industry leaders engaged in tuna processing, sourcing, and buying recognize the value of accountability and transparency to accelerate sustainability and meet heightened public expectations. For tuna fisheries, a vital, global food source, economic engine, and valuable marine species, there isn’t a moment to lose. Can global stakeholders rise to the challenge?

This session shares perspectives from various sectors of the tuna sustainability space on existing market commitments and how these are measured and publicly reported, including presenters from the Global Tuna Alliance and the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, as well as representatives from the NGO and retailer communities. Mr. Robin Teets of the NGO Tuna Forum will also share an aligned market commitment verification initiative supported by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, that is being trialed by the GTA & ISSF. This initiative seeks to raise the bar in terms of sustainability commitments reporting that leads to verified actions and positive impacts.

The Complete Digital Ticket: Seafood Expo North America 2024, featuring 32 video-recorded sessions from the most recent SENA event, is also now available for purchase for USD 350, but is also free for SeafoodSource Premium members.

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