Diversified Communications is the organiser of SeaWeb as well as Seafood Expo in Brussels (Check out this post in case you missed it)
The summit brings together global representatives from the seafood industry with leaders from the conservation community, academia, government and the media. The goal of the Summit is to define success and advance solutions in sustainable seafood by fostering dialogue and partnerships that lead to a seafood marketplace that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. (Seafood Summit)
Besides conferences, they also offered other activities as part of their 2016 summit agenda such as work shop on “Social Responsibility in Seafood” and field trips to Marsaxlokk Fish Market in Malta, and Malta Aquaculture Research Centre (MARC).
This year’s summit ran from 31st January till 3rd February, and saw the discussion of Thailand’s IUU issues (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing and human trafficking. General Sirichai Distakul, Thailand’s minister of labor told the summit delegates that “We are not here to deny the existence of a deep-rooted problem in our industry.” (Under Current News) It has been reported just yesterday on the 2nd of May that the EU is expected to give Thailand three more months to resolve their IUU issues, after being given a yellow card warning a year ago. (Asiannews.Network)
In contrast, New Zealand ranks among the world’s top five best managed fisheries, according to results presented by Ray Hilborn, who is a professor at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington. New Zealand has been praised for their quota management system, and it is one of the best in the world. (Under Current News) According to New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries, “The QMS helps ensure sustainable utilisation of fisheries resources through the direct control of harvest levels for each species in a nominated geographical area.”
Similarly on a positive note, one of the conferences was led by UC Santa Barbara and the University of Washington and Environmental Defense Fund. “Their collaboration provides the most comprehensive picture to date of the future economic, conservation and societal benefits if sustainable fishing becomes the norm worldwide. Their bio-economic model shows that within 10 years, sustainable management could recover 79% of the world’s fisheries and increase profits in the fishing sector by $51 billion USD (115%) a year compared to today. By 2050, we could see millions of more tons of seafood harvested every year along with significant increases in wild fish populations.” (Seafood Summit)
If you’d like to find out which fish species to avoid, or good to eat, be sure to visit Goodfishguide.org