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Prioritizing Responsible Seafood in Uncertain Times

Speakers: Sophika Kostyniuk, Director, Fisheries & Seafood - Ocean Wise Conservation Association; Joseph Chiaravalloti, Director, Product - Seacore Seafood Inc.; David Lancaster, President - Stavis Seafoods, LLC; Shevis Shima, Senior Vice President - Sales/Procurement - Santa Monica Seafood; Mary Smith, Director of Sustainability - Inland Seafood

Session Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought monumental challenges to the seafood industry. The seafood supply chain has dealt with inconsistent access to product, border shutdowns, travel restrictions and reduction in staff sizes leading to limited production rates. These challenges have been coupled with restaurant closures across North America greatly diminishing seafood orders for some suppliers, while some retailers are experiencing a mass increase in seafood demand fueling a boost in sales for suppliers able to meet the demand. Previously accessible lucrative international markets were put beyond reach, while in some cases poorly developed local supply chains struggled to make up the difference during this challenging time.

The long-term economic impacts of the pandemic are yet to be fully realized; however, many businesses in the seafood and food services industry have quickly adapted to new business channels. Suppliers and distributors are shifting from traditional B2B operations to direct B2C channels to fill the gap of reduced restaurant orders and capitalize on increasing interest in consumers cooking seafood at home. Meanwhile, restaurants have developed take-home friendly menus in freeze-able and ready-to-serve formats in response to the drop in dine-in customers.

While prioritizing economic sustainability is vital to ensure to survival, it is also important to prioritize responsibly sourced seafood to ensure access to these resources for generations to come. Sea Pact teams up with the Ocean Wise Seafood program in leading a panel exploring the challenges of economic, social and environmental sustainability throughout COVID-19. This panel highlight sustainable seafood success stories and challenges during the pandemic and demonstrate how proper adaptability aligned with sustainable sourcing can help businesses navigate these uncertain waters and evolve industry approaches post-pandemic.

Sea Pact represents key industry leaders promoting access to sustainable seafood options that have made commitments to supporting research and development to continue to build on sustainable forms of seafood production and harvesting. The Ocean Wise Seafood program is Canada’s leading seafood sustainability program. Ocean Wise Seafood works directly with key actors within the seafood supply chain to make access to sustainable seafood simple and ensure sourcing information is readily available to all partners of this program and the wider public.

 

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Delivering on Seafood Traceability Under the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program

Speakers: Laurel Bryant, NOAA Fisheries; Todd DuBois, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Office Of Law Enforcement (NOAA OLE); Christopher Robertson, U.S. Customs And Border Protection; Steven Wilson, U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service 

SIMP – a key tool in the United States’ response to combating IUU fishing and seafood fraud – has now been in place for more than a year. The recent addition of shrimp and abalone under its monitoring nearly doubled the volume and value of imported fish now subject to U.S. seafood traceability rules. How is it working? What’s next for seafood importers and exporters? The panel, composed of individuals representing the various roles and government agencies responsible for implementation, will present their perspectives on the program’s effectiveness and engage in moderated discussion and Q&A with the audience.

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Seafood Trends and Preferences in Foodservice Moving Forward

Speaker: Mark DiDomenico, Datassential

 Mark will draw from Datassential's extensive resources to examine seafood trends in the U.S. Specifically, he will identify the top and fastest growing varieties of seafood on menus, as well as the corresponding flavors and preparations that are paired with each from Datassential's MenuTrends™ database. In addition, this presentation will highlight consumer ratings for various types of seafood, utilizing Datassential's SCORES™ and Flavor™ databases, indicating preferred varieties and flavors for target demographic groups (Millennials, Gen Z, etc.). The objective of this presentation is to offer up relevant insights that will help conference attendees better understand seafood trends in the U.S. and build more targeted strategies and initiatives for their organizations.

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Transforming Aquaculture: The Future of Seafood Must Include Innovation

Moderator: Sylvia Wulf, AquaBounty

Speakers:

  • Chef Charlie Baggs, Charlie Baggs Culinary Innovations
  • Joe Lasprogata, Samuels Seafood
  • Elana Natker, Sage Leaf Communications, LLC
  • Yonathan Zohar, University of Maryland

The recent report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that global warming is likely to rise around 1.5 degrees-C within the next 20 years. Aquaculture in marine and freshwater environments is extremely vulnerable to the growing impacts of extreme weather and climate change that will accompany this temperature rise. Given the short runway to find viable solutions to mitigate the worst impacts, and to ensure food security for the world’s growing population, we will need to deploy the rapidly developing tools from the biotechnology sector. Cultivating what are essentially wild organisms in farm settings has many challenges when it comes to growth and feed efficiency, not to mention disease resistance and other desirable production traits. Farming seafood will become even more challenging in the rapidly changing and increasingly unpredictable environment. Innovation and the use of technology – including genetic engineering and gene editing – are viable solutions to provide a safe, secure and sustainable source of fresh seafood. It is not difficult to imagine the development of more temperature-tolerant, disease-resistant, and faster-growing aquatic species for aquaculture use coming down the road. This session will explore the importance of innovation in the seafood industry and the potential of using technology, and specifically biotechnology, to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change on aquaculture.

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The Rapidly Changing Future of Selling Seafood at Retail

The Rapidly Changing Future of Selling Seafood at Retail

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How Do We Increase Consumption in the U.S.– Is It Time to Revisit the Idea of a National Seafood Council?

How Do We Increase Consumption in the U.S.– Is It Time to Revisit the Idea of a National Seafood Council?

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The State of FIPs in 2020–A Briefing for Seafood Businesses

The State of FIPs in 2020–A Briefing for Seafood Businesses

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Securing a sustainable future – technological advances in seafood digitalization

Securing a sustainable future – technological advances in seafood digitalization

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From test to table: Mastering seafood innovation and new product development

Peterson has 20-plus years of experience in consumer-goods marketing with Gorton’s of Gloucester, where she played a big role in the launch of several new seafood products and lines and Nicholson knows a thing or two about seafood innovation — since 2009, his company has captured four top prizes at two new product competitions — the International Boston Seafood Show’s Seafood Excellence Awards and the European Seafood Exposition’s Seafood Prix d’Elite.

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Picture this: How sharing digital media is transforming seafood purchasing

Information management in seafood has become more multimedial to accommodate rapid advancements in the technology sector.  Spreadsheets and PDFs are no longer enough - the appeal of complementary media, like digital images, is on the rise and it is influencing industry purchasing decisions like never before. How can seafood sellers best keep tabs on image data and leverage it to enhance operations and sales? Join SeafoodSource and José Castro Fuentes, Director of CYRSE, to explore the power of sharing and archiving images in the seafood realm.

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