FishWise at the Seafood Summit 2012
At this very moment, a team of FishWisers are making their way across the globe to attend the 10th Annual Seafood Summit in Hong Kong. Gathering representatives from the seafood industry and marine conservation community, the summit is one of the largest conferences on sustainable seafood in the world. Although the Seafood Summit will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the 2012 meeting is the first to take place outside of Europe or North America. The move to Hong Kong is significant because of the dominance of seafood production from Asia. According to SeaWeb, the host of the Summit, approximately 90% of global aquaculture production takes place in Asia with China leading production and seafood exports valued at US$10.2 billion annually. Despite the remarkable levels of seafood production and consumption within Asia, sustainability has yet to be embraced in this region of the world.
This year FishWise staff will be moderating two sessions at the Summit. The first session, entitled “Mitigating Ecological Impacts of Global Tuna Fisheries”, will be led by Managing Director Matt Owens and will focus on issues such as reducing bycatch from purse seine and long line tuna fisheries. The second FishWise panel at the Summit will be: “IUU Fishing Action Plan: How the Industry can Catalyze Current Efforts to Combat Illegal Fishing.” Led by Project Director Mariah Boyle, this workshop will feature input from prominent scientists, industry representatives, and conservation leaders on tackling issues stemming from illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing.