SENA Panel: Moving from Traceability to Transparency: Diverse Stakeholders Driving Seafood Transparency Expansion

Participants at the SENA panel "Moving from Traceability to Transparency: Diverse Stakeholders Driving Seafood Transparency Expansion."

The 2022 Seafood Expo North America, which took place 13 to 15, March in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., and the 2022 Seafood Expo Global, 26 to 28 April, 2022, 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 28 individual presentations from SENA and the 21 sessions 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 Stimson Center Senior Fellow Sally Yozell, NOAA Fisheries Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection Director Alexa Cole, Seafood Legacy CEO Wakao Hanaoka, Seafish Seafood Ethics Action (SEA) Alliance Head Andy Hickman, and Duke University Oceans and Coastal Policy Program Director John Virdin, “Moving from Traceability to Transparency: Diverse Stakeholders Driving Seafood Transparency Expansion” is available free for SeafoodSource Premium members, or for individual purchase to non-Premium members for USD 45. It was presented on Monday, 14 March, with the following description:

A lack of transparency pervades the seafood supply chain at every level, across both industrial and artisanal fishing, and aquaculture, impeding effective fish stock management and enforcement against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, as well as fair labor practices. The opaque nature of the seafood supply chain heightens the risk that distant water fleets, small-scale fishers, processors, and fishing companies may engage in IUU fishing and seafood fraud. Consumers want to know that the fish they purchase is not part of illicit activities, labor abuses or undermining seafood sustainability. Recognizing that transparency must be broadly adopted throughout the seafood supply chain at all levels, there has been growing engagement by a wide set of international stakeholders. This panel will explore changes in the market expectations and the latest efforts to expand seafood transparency by civil society, industry, and government. It will also highlight new findings and recommendations from a forthcoming comparative study of transparency initiatives adopted in non-seafood sectors that can offer valuable lessons to increase the reach and effectiveness of seafood transparency initiatives. To combat IUU fishing and gain a greater understanding of the seafood industry’s impact on fisheries sustainability, labor practices, and the economic security of coastal states, there is a growing demand for publicly available information about fishing industry practices and operations.

The entire package of videos from SENA and the entire package of videos from SEG can each be purchased for USD 250, but all are free to SeafoodSource Premium members.


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