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September 9th and 10th

Seafood2030 Virtual Sustainability Forum
Aligning Industry and Government Sustainability Efforts

Please join SeafoodSource and Seafood2030 for a free virtual event that will consider opportunities to better align the significant investments in seafood sustainability made by the seafood industry, national governments and inter-governmental bodies.

Lessons from other natural resource sectors show an evolving relationship - from adversarial to collaborative - between industry and governments as sustainable practices become more important to both the supply chain and the marketplace. Included are lessons from within seafood as well: industry and governments working together to address systemic challenges like forced labor and IUU fishing.

The program will cover real-world examples where better alignment of industry and government efforts can improve the sustainability, social impacts, and economic viability of fisheries.

At least 4 reasons to join us:


LEARN about key initiatives where industry and governments are driving better management and practices in seafood


ENGAGE with organizations working on these initiatives through a virtual exhibit hall


SHARE your voice in a discussion that will shape how stakeholders collaborate in the future


EXPERIENCE a global program that includes select sessions in Japanese

Event Agenda

Please click each date to see the day’s agenda

8:00 am EDT
Exhibit Hall Opens
9:00 am – 10:30 am EDT
Supporting Government Investment in Fisheries Management

Session Lead

University of Washington / Ray Hilborn

11:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT
Supporting Government Investment in Harvest Strategies

Session Lead

Global Tuna Alliance / Tom Pickerell

Session Description: Harvest strategies are pre-agreed frameworks for making fisheries management decisions, such as setting quotas. They are akin to agreeing to the rules before playing a game, and shift the perspective from short-term reactive decision-making to longer-term objectives.

Robust and precautionary harvest strategies benefit both the fish and fishermen. Paired with an effective compliance regime, harvest strategies can account for scientific uncertainty and variability, including that associated with climate change. Credible sustainable seafood certification programs, including the Marine Stewardship Council, require that fisheries have harvest strategies in place - making them necessary for market access in many regions.

However, many commercially important fisheries currently lack harvest strategies. This session explores what are harvest strategies, why the 'clock is ticking' for many certified fisheries currently lacking harvest strategies and what the supply chain is doing to accelerate action on the development and implementation of harvest strategies.

Company Description The GTA is an independent group of retailers and tuna supply chain companies, who are committed to realising harvest strategies for tuna fisheries, avoidance of IUU products, improved traceability as well as environmental sustainability, and progressing work on human rights in tuna fisheries and to implementing the objectives laid out in World Economic Forum's Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
Supporting Government Investment in Globally Shared Information to Address IUU

Session Lead

Sea Pact / Rob Johnson

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
Supporting Government Investment to Address Supply Chain Risk and Social Issues

Session Lead

FishWise / Jen Cole

Session Description: Globalization has profoundly influenced how companies do business, making transparency regarding fair working conditions more complex. As business and human rights scandals are increasingly brought to light, government and industry leaders recognize the need for each of their respective roles in protecting worker rights and improving worker well-being. Companies, local advocacy organizations, worker organizations, and government institutions must work collaboratively to improve and implement programs and policies that support fair and decent working conditions.

This not-to-be-missed webinar will expand understanding of the respective roles of business and government in creating supply chain transparency, improving conditions on fishing vessels, and establishing government policies for ending forced labor associated with, or occurring in, a country's supply chains. Moving between presentations and discussion, the session will be moderated by expert facilitators and include speakers with strong technical understanding of government policy, human rights, and transparency at sea. Participants will take away concrete steps that businesses can take to improve human rights in supply chains and a strong understanding of how to engage with governments to improve policy.

Join us during this webinar and explore the complementary actions business and governments can take to improve human rights for all!

Company Description FishWise promotes the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems by providing innovative market-based tools to the seafood industry, supporting sustainability through environmentally and socially responsible business practices.

6:00 pm EDT
Exhibit Hall Closes
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm EDT
Perspective from Japan

Session Lead

Seafood Legacy

End of Day One
8:00 am EDT
Exhibit Hall Opens
9:00 am – 10:30 am EDT
Supporting Industry Investment in Certification

Session Lead

Sustainable Seafood Coalition / Oliver Tanqueray

Company Description The Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) is a progressive partnership of businesses selling seafood in the UK with a shared commitment to responsible sourcing. With the vision that all UK-sold fish and seafood comes from sustainable sources, the SSC brings together leading retailers, suppliers, brands and food service outlets. This includes around three-quarters of the UK retail market for seafood.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT
Supporting Industry Investment Codifying in FIPs

Session Lead

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership / Jim Cannon

Company Description Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is reshaping the world of corporate responsibility in the seafood industry through the creation of powerful information tools and a methodology that enables companies to directly engage with suppliers of natural resources. Our Vision is one of healthy marine and aquatic ecosystems; secure seafood supplies; and a thriving, responsible seafood economy. Our Mission is to engage and catalyze global seafood supply chains in rebuilding depleted fish stocks and reducing the environmental impacts of fishing and fish farming.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
Supporting Industry Investment in Traceability to Address IUU

Session Lead

SeaBOS / Martin Exel

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
Supporting Industry Investment in Healthy Workers and Communities

Session Lead

GSSI & FAO / Herman Wisse

Session Description: The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has grown to be one of the biggest global public-private partnerships in the seafood sector in just seven years. GSSI's partnership aligns global efforts and resources to address seafood sustainability challenges.

The wide application of GSSI's Global Benchmark Tool for seafood certification schemes proves that GSSI's tools and sector engagement strategies deliver successful solutions underpinned by internationally accepted codes and guidelines.

Key speakers in this session will share how GSSI's core principles are now applied in the social arena through the development of a seafood-specific social benchmark tool and the Seafood MAP program. Together, we will look to the future and discuss how these programs will help align industry and government sustainability efforts towards delivery of the Agenda 2030 and more sustainable seafood for everyone.

Join this session to learn more about:

  • GSSI's three core principles of delivering clarity, confidence and choice in the broad range of sustainability solutions available for industry and governments alike;
  • GSSI's partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and its member states, to champion internationally agreed guidelines and instruments;
  • Current efforts to address social issues in the seafood sector and to drive sector-wide learning and improvement together with communities, industry, market and governments.

Company DescriptionAs the public-private partnership on seafood sustainability with 90+ stakeholders industry-wide, GSSI aligns global efforts and resources to address the latest seafood sustainability challenges. Governed by a Steering Board representing the full seafood value chain, companies, NGOs, governments and international organizations - including the FAO -, GSSI promotes sector-wide collaboration to drive forward more sustainable seafood for everyone.

9:30 pm – 11:00 pm EDT
Improving Japan’s Domestic Seafood Sustainability through the Implementation of Fishery Reform Law

Session Lead

Seafood Legacy / Wakao Hanaoka

Session Description: In December 2018, the Japanese Diet enacted the most significant reform of its fisheries laws in 70 years. Since then, stakeholders from various sectors are engaged in active conversations to set details of the implementation plan. The recent pandemic of COVID-19 showed the vulnerability of the global seafood supply chains, which highlighted the importance of domestic seafood resources in Japan. In this session, seafood experts from different sectors will discuss 1) how the new fisheries laws improve the sustainability of the domestic seafood production in Japan, 2) how the regulations are implemented, and 3) what are the roles of industry and government as Japan move forwards with its sustainable seafood journey.

6:00 pm EDT
Exhibit Hall Closes
End of Day Two

Session Leads and Speakers


Tom Pickerell
Shana Miller
Aoife Martin
Herman Wisse
Jen Cole
Steve Trent
Oliver Tanqueray
Jim Cannon
Martin Exel



Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Visit booths and chat live with the organizations presenting in the Sustainability Forum
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