Photo credit: Francisco Blaha, Seafood Champion

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

Session Description: While there has been considerable media coverage of fish disappearing and fisheries collapsing, the real story is that where fisheries are managed, intensively stocks are on average increasing and at target levels. The real story is that fisheries management works and fisheries in most of the developed world are sustainably managed. This session will review the data on abundance of fish stocks and how fisheries management contributes to their sustainability.

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

Session Lead

Global Tuna Alliance / Tom Pickerell


The Ocean Foundation / Shana Miller

Seafish / Aoife Martin

Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative / Herman Wisse

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 Investment in Globally Shared Information

Session Leads

Sea Pact / Rob Johnson and GDST/ Mike Osmond


Stavis Seafoods, LLC / Richard Stavis

Inland Seafood / Mary Smith

Robert Logan Kock / Santa Monica Seafood

Hamish Walker

Efficient and reliable traceability is fundamental to achieving sustainable seafood.  But achieving full traceability in the globalized seafood sector presents significant challenges, especially to companies situated in the middle of complex supply chains.  This panel will focus on new standards and innovative industry practices that are helping meet these challenges while opening a new chapter for seafood traceability worldwide.  Sea Pact -- a precompetitive platform the unites ten leading North American seafood companies -- is committed to promoting sustainable and responsible seafood.  The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability is an international B2B initiative that has recently released the first-ever global industry standards to support "interoperable and verifiable" traceability.  Panelists will discuss how Sea Pact companies and GDST are working collaboratively for traceability that promotes responsible sourcing, enables informed consumers, and makes seafood more competitive in the broader protein market through improved traceability.

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

Session Lead

FishWise / Jen Cole


Anna Cavazzini / Member of the European Parliament

Ethical Trading Initiative / Nick Kightley

FishWise / Sara Lewis

Environmental Justice Foundation / Max Schmid

Global Labor Justice- International Labor Rights Forum / Esmeralda Lopez

International Justice Mission / Andrey Sawchenko

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.

9:30 pm – 11:00 pm EDT
Japan's New Countermeasure Against IUU Fishing

Session Lead

Anti-IUU Forum Japan Coordinator/ Aiko Yamauchi

Wakao Hanaoka

Momoko Abe

Yukiko Kuwata

Session Description:

Japanese English



Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing conducted without complying with domestic and international regulations is a major global challenge that needs to be eradicated as a threat to the sustainable use of marine resources and the conservation of marine ecosystems. While major markets such as the EU and the United States are actively working to regulate IUU imports and ensure traceability, Japan's Fisheries Agency began deliberations on the establishment of a legal framework for a catch documentation system to counter IUU fishing and other measures.

The member organizations of the Anti-IUU Forum Japan have formulated the "Joint Proposal for the Prevention of Imports and Distribution of IUU Fishery Products in the Domestic Market" as a proposal to make the system to be introduced in Japan more effective in eradicating IUU fishing and preventing the distribution of IUU fishery products in the Japanese market, and also to link it to the growth of Japan's fishing industry.

In this session, the member organizations of the Anti-IUU Forum Japan will provide the latest progress in Japan and discuss the current state of Japan's countermeasures against IUU fishing as well as scopes of establishing the framework and system that comply with the Japanese market's demand while meeting the global standard.
6:00 pm EDT
Exhibit Hall Closes
End of Day One
8:00 am EDT
Exhibit Hall Opens
9:00 am – 10:30 am EDT
New frontiers for pre-competitive collaboration: industry-led advocacy for sustainable seafood

Session Lead

Sustainable Seafood Coalition / Oliver Tanqueray


NewForesight / Lucas Simons

ClientEarth / Sarah Dunman

Global Tuna Alliance / Tom Pickerell

Huw Thomas

Session Description: Oliver Tanqueray from the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) will moderate a session that explores the changing forms and functions of industry support for better governance. The panel will introduce live, pioneering industry-led advocacy efforts to prompt discussion on the changing role(s) of pre-competitive collaboration.

UK seafood industry stakeholders have collaborated within the SSC since 2011, setting harmonised voluntary standards for responsible sourcing and environmental claims. This has meant agreeing cross-sector approaches to certification, FIPs, risk assessments and labelling practices, all of which have been codified in the SSC Codes of Conduct.

This session will explore these agreements, their genesis and their implications, before looking ahead to the future of industry-led improvement efforts. Pre-competitive collaboration platforms like the SSC are now looking to joint advocacy initiatives as crucial levers in the next generation of industry leadership. We will hear industry and NGO perspectives on the role of pre-competitive collaboration, and explore the changing strategies stakeholders can deploy at each stage of market transformation.

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

Session Lead

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership / Jim Cannon


MKM Global / Katherine Morissette

CALAMASUR / Alfonso Miranda Eyzaguirre

Tita Nopitawati

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.

Fishery Improvement Projects have evolved substantially over the past 10 years, particularly with the seafood industry now leading and driving most improvement efforts. Tough issues remain though, including the adoption of best practices demonstrated in FIPs to fishery management frameworks. In this session, panelists will discuss examples of how industry is demonstrating improvements in particularly challenging areas such as new national/regional policy development, small-scale fisheries, and addressing impacts on endangered species.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
Ensuring Legal Seafood Trade -- Industry-Government Synergies

Session Leads

SeaBOS / Martin Exel and GDST/ David Schorr


Cargill Aqua Nutrition / Dave Robb

NOAA / Dale Jones

European Commission / Desiree Kjolsen

NOAA / Alexander Miller

Session Description: A key goal shared by many seafood industry stakeholders and national governments is to eliminate trade in illegal seafood products. Regulations in the E.U. and the U.S. aim to halt the flow of illegally harvested seafood into import markets, while port states are adopting a new wave of measures to prevent IUU products being landed in the first place. These regulatory controls depend on--and have commercial impacts on--the private industry actors who are at the front line of seafood production and trade. Fortunately, a set of new "pre-competitive" industry activities is increasing the opportunity for coordinated action within the seafood industry and for cooperation with governments. This panel will feature speakers from two of these leading pre-competitive platforms (SeaBOS and the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability) along with representatives of U.S. NOAA/NMFS and E.U. DG-Mare. Among the topics to be discussed will be how new industry-led seafood traceability standards (GDST 1.0) support industry-government cooperation in the fight to halt illegal seafood trade.

Co-hosted by GDST and SeaBOS.

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

Session Lead

GSSI & FAO / Herman Wisse


Regal Springs Group / Peter Hajipieris

Iberostar Hotels & Resorts / Adriana Sanchez

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) / Audun Lem

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

Masanori Miyahara

Takuya Hasegawa

Session Description:

Japanese English
70年ぶりの大規模漁業法改正や近年見るマーケットイニシアチブの加速は日本の水産界に希望の火を灯しているが、資源枯渇、食糧安全保障、気候危機など、海を取り巻く大規模かつ複合的な問題がコロナ禍を機に一層深刻度を増しており、これまで以上に抜本的で迅速な解決を必要としている。このセッションでは、日本のサステナブルシーフードムーブメントのフロントランナーやインフルエンサーが集い、互いの意見をぶつけ合い、日本の水産業のニューノーマル時代に適したグランドデザインを描く。 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


Adriana Sanchez
Aiko Yamauchi
Alfonso Miranda Eyzaguirre
Andrey Sewchenko
Anna Cavazzini
Aoife Martin
Audun Lem
Dale Jones
Dave Robb
Desiree Kjolsen
Esmeralda Lopez
Herman Wisse
Jen Cole
Jim Cannon
Katherine Morissette
Lucas Simons
Martin Exel
Mary Smith
Max Schmid
Masanori Miyahara
Mike Osmond
Momoko Abe
Nick Knightley
Oliver Tanqueray
Peter Hajipieris
Ray Hilborn
Richard Stavis
Rob Johnson
Robert Logan Kock
Sara Lewis
Sarah Denman
Shana Miller
Takuya Hasegava
Tita Nopitawati
Tom Pickerell
Wakao Hanaoka
Yoshikasu Ikatu
Yukiko Kuwata



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