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Trafficking in Thailand: How Importers can Avoid the Pitfalls

Recently, the U.S. State Department downgraded Thailand to Tier 3 in the department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report. At the same time, media reports have drawn an embarrassing connection between well-meaning seafood importers and fishing boats in Thailand that support human trafficking. In this webinar, we’ll go over just how bad the trafficking problem is, and what you can do to ensure that human slavery isn’t touching your supply chain.


Katrina Nakamura
The Sustainability Incubator

Daniel Murphy, Campaigns Assistant
Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF)

Moderated by: Sean Murphy, Online Editor

Keep checking SeafoodSource for all the latest news on the Thailand human trafficking issue.

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2018 Consumer Trends Report

A thriving seafood industry is one that keeps in step with these ever-changing consumer demands and desires. That’s why SeafoodSource brings you its 2018 Consumer Trends Report, covering some of the most prominent consumer trends affecting your business today.


Fresh Take: Farmed Salmon eBook

For investors or buyers wondering whether to source farmed salmon, it can be a tough market to navigate, with strong opinions and vested interests everywhere. This eBook examines the industry, providing a snapshot of the most commonly discussed problems and the solutions farmers are devising.


FDA and Customs Compliance and Enforcement: Successfully Operating in an Evolving Regulatory Environment

Speakers: Benjamin England,, LLC; Steve Bloodgood, US Food And Drug Administration; Troy Petrillo, US Food And Drug Administration; Jessica Rifkin, Benjamin L. England & Associates, LLC and, LLC

The session will explore FDA’s and Customs’ inspection and audit processes for seafood processors and importers and seafood import shipments. Hear from FDA and Customs officials on what to expect in 2019, what they think is important, and why. Pick up tips on what you should be doing to make these inspections go more smoothly. Learn what seafood importers should avoid to reduce the risk of Customs actions. With the support of reality-based case studies, this panel will explore the importance of integrating regulatory compliance across many agency jurisdictions – and the potential pitfalls for seafood processors and importers. Hear how Custom’s Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) acts as a Single Window for Multi-Agency Enforcement. The panel will also discuss how new and renewed free trade agreements and tariff changes inform agency inspections and data requests and impact the seafood industry in particular.

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California dreaming: Exploring aquaculture possibilities on the U.S. West Coast

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.

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Webinar: Fishing for truth: Fighting misconceptions surrounding forage fish

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.


"Seeing" Seafood: How Traceability Works in the Real World

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.

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Comply or die: criminal enforcement in the seafood industry

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.

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Follow the fish: seafood traceability in the technical age

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.

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Financial Trends Shaping the Seafood Landscape

The economic landscape for the global seafood industry is shaped not only by trends in the marketplace, but also by access to resources and financial capital. Join Ignacio J. Kleiman, the managing partner and founding member of Antarctica Advisors, for a discussion of the financial state of the seafood industry, with a focus shifting interest rates, the forces of supply and demand, and the sector’s consolidation through mergers and acquisitions. A seasoned financial professional with decades of experience in the seafood industry, Kleiman will delve into the financial impact of the biggest issues the industry experienced in the past year and the challenges and opportunities the industry faces in 2018 and beyond.

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