Addressing Social Responsibility in Seafood: FishWise to Present at Temple Beth El, Aptos

Created on Tuesday, 01 October 2019
Traditional fishing in Cambodia – men on the fishing boat pass the catch of blue crabs to women for sale

Can we protect the oceans and the communities that depend on them? A local approach goes global

Globally, three billion people rely on fish and fish products as their primary source of protein. Annually, over 112 million tons of fish are consumed by people world-wide, making seafood the world’s highest traded food commodity. The supply chains to deliver this popular and, in many areas of the world, vitally important food source are often global, complex, and untraceable. As a result, some seafood is procured from illegal or unethical sources, within which human and labor rights abuses – and even modern-day slavery – exist.

On Monday, October 14, 2019, FishWise will present at Temple Beth El, Aptos, more about this situation that all who consume seafood should consider in their every day shopping and dining choices.

For more than 15 years, from its local offices in Santa Cruz, the nonprofit FishWise has been working to increase transparency in seafood supply chains, seeking to protect oceans ecosystems and empower seafood workers. At the core of this approach is close collaboration with the companies that buy and sell seafood. Through pragmatic strategies, like harnessing the massive buying power of grocery retailers, FishWise takes on some of the greatest environmental and human rights challenges in seafood.

With continued stories shared in the media of forced labor around the world, FishWise is developing approaches that put the voices and well-being of workers front and center.

Presented by FishWise CEO Tobias Aguirre and Project Director Jen Cole, this talk will include a clip of the powerful and moving film “Ghost Fleet”, by Vulcan Productions, and present some on-the-water approaches to addressing social responsibility in seafood. The event builds on a past Temple Beth El talk by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Martha Mendoza.

This presentation is part of Temple Beth El’s Senior Connections program and is open to the public – for all ages – and FREE of charge (donations to the Temple are welcome).

Date: Monday, October 14, 2019

Time: 2:00 – 3:30pm (with meet/greet at 1:30pm)

Location: Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Rd, Aptos, CA 95003
Social Hall, across from the Sanctuary

For more information, email: or call 831-621-0624.