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Many obstacles block the development of a more robust aquaculture industry in southern California, including a complex permitting system and laws restricting finfish farms in state waters. Undaunted, James Morris and Paul Olin have been on the forefront of a movement aimed at developing a larger aquaculture industry in California. Morris, a marine ecologist with NOAA’s National Ocean Service and The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, and Olin, an aquaculture specialist with California Sea Grant in Scripps Institution of Oceanography, part of the University of California, San Diego, recently spoke about the findings of two workshops covered in a report published by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach that explored the challenges to growing California’s aquaculture industry. In the webinar, Olin and Morris will discuss the findings of the workshops, as well as possible solutions to problems facing the aquaculture industry in California, the United States and globally.
University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Professor Ray Hilborn is considered one of the foremost fisheries researchers in the world. In this webinar, Hilborn will discuss his latest study, which disputes previous findings on the impact of human and natural predation on forage fish such as anchovies, sardines, and herring.
The ability to track and trace products throughout the entire supply chain has become of paramount importance to the seafood industry, as consumers have become increasingly interested in transparency, authentication, food safety, and sustainability.
Keeping track of all the latest changes, updates and legal interpretations of the rules governing the U.S. seafood industry can be a tricky, nigh on impossible task. The maze of federal agencies with oversight over the catch, import and distribution of seafood in the United States include the Department of Justice, NOAA, the FDA and USDA. Robert Becerra, principal at Miami-based Becerra Law, will provide an overview of the criminal statutes most applicable to the U.S. seafood industry and the elements of, and penalties for, violations. He’ll also give an update on the latest criminal enforcement activities against seafood importers and distributors for seafood fraud, adulterations, Lacey Act violations and for contamination by pathogens. Becerra will address the sobering reality a conviction under the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act does not require evidence of criminal intent.
With fraud and mislabeling on the rise, companies within the seafood industry are on the lookout for solutions that best provide supply chain transparency and reinforce commitments to sustainability.
In this webinar, we'll hear from Keith Flett, Pod Director from Future of Fish on the topic of seafood traceability and its future.
Seafood traceability is also a focus of the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in St. Julian’s, Malta held February 1-3, 2016.
Moderator: Kelly Kryc, NOAA
Ame Sagiv, Humanity United
Adriana Sanchez, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts
Matt Tinning, At-Sea Processors
Combating forced labor in the fishing industry is a priority for the seafood sector and has emerged as an especially difficult challenge for governments, industry, and civil society. Addressing harmful labor conditions requires a comprehensive approach due to the inherent industry risks, the complexity of the global seafood supply chain, and the diversity of authorities participating in the fishing sector. This session brings together representatives of the U.S. government and outside stakeholders under the auspices of the 21-member U.S. Interagency Working Group on IUU Fishing, which was established to provide a whole-of-government approach to combating IUU fishing and associated issues like forced labor. The wide-reaching discussion will focus on the current landscape, challenges, and innovative opportunities to leverage public-private expertise and resources to combat labor issues in the seafood sector.
Exploring Safety, Freshness, and Market Opportunities for Seafood Products with High Pressure Processing (HPP)
The race to zero is on, and we know it needs to be done. But the question is how do we get there? Aquaculture already has a low carbon footprint, but improvements still need to be made to ensure we maintain our position as a climate-friendly option. The changes required are across the supply chain, and affect the whole industry, no matter of location. Recognizing that collective efforts could help accelerate change, over the last year the Global Salmon Initiative has been working in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund to establish an accounting framework for greenhouse gas emissions for the farmed salmon sector, from feed to consumer. Prioritizing stakeholder collaboration and shared learning, this project has developed a cohesive accounting framework with ambitious mitigation goals in mind. In this session we will share how the framework was developed, its uses for both farmed salmon and the wider aquaculture industry, and the many opportunities collaboration offers in scaling mitigation efforts from on the ground experience.
What a Biden Presidency Means for the Seafood Industry
Navigating the FDA and CBP Regulatory Seafood Import Landscape