Seaweb's 9th Annual Seafood Summit

Greetings from Vancouver!

Here to participate in the Seafood Summit - this year's theme "Responsibility without Borders" includes many stellar presenters and panels and some side trips to fisheries, all with the "with the goal of making the seafood marketplace environmentally, socially and economically sustainable." I'm looking forward to learning a lot. One goal is to understand the fisheries from the other side of the pole. What have the challenges been for the spot prawn fishermen? The Seattle halibut fishermen? What are the international management issues affecting this fishery and what socioeconomic conditions in this area, this culture?

With renowned scientists, experts in aquaculture, fisheries managers, ground-breaking journalists, and leading conservationists all exploring the issues up and down the supply chain, we'll explore how to build sustainable fishing practices and communities and look at the roles of policy, market forces, consumer actions and aquariums. Who and what are affected by the choices we make every day?

As well, we'll be meeting old friends and new, making future plans, catching up and slurping oysters.

There are so many aspects to the issues, so many impacts from the choices we make, impacts even from how we frame the issues. Recent events prove that teachable moments can come from some unlikely sources. Even those who mean well can be mislead, or misleading. Rarely is the topic as simple as some would have you believe.

Some of the topics to be covered in this conference include:
  • How Far Can and Should the Sustainable Seafood Movement Go in Improving Worldwide Fisheries?
  • Succession Planning - Exploring International Approaches by Chefs and Fishmongers to Embed Sustainability on the Demand Side.
  • The Next Generation of Salmon Farming - Exploring the Business of Land-based Closed-Containment Salmon Aquaculture.
  • Gatekeepers to Cuisine Consciousness: Chefs Explore Their Influence on and Responsibility to Sustainability.
  • Is Environmental Sustainability Enough? Addressing the Social, Economic and Community Needs of Fisheries and Their Participants.

 

Be sure to read the startling San Francisco magazine piece, The new school of fish. Think your purveyor really knows where that "sustainable fish" comes from and how it's caught? This is an example (several examples) of the need for better transparency and traceability.