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2015 Seafood Champion Award Winners Honored at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit

Six world leaders recognized for promoting ocean health and sustainable seafood

New Orleans, LA (February 9, 2015) – Sixteen finalists and six winners were honored tonight for their inspirational work promoting seafood sustainability. The awards were presented before hundreds of the world's leading voices on sustainable seafood during the opening reception of the SeaWeb Seafood Summit.

The SeaWeb Seafood Summit hosted the Seafood Champion Awards Ceremony to recognize individuals and companies for outstanding leadership in promoting environmentally responsible seafood and ocean health.  The winners were chosen from a group of sixteen finalists that represent the best of the best in sustainability from around the world. The group of finalists hail from Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of the Maldives, Panama and the United States, covering five continents.  They were selected from over 100 nominations from the fishing, aquaculture, seafood supply and distribution, retail, restaurant and food service sectors, as well as conservation and social non-profit organizations, academia and the media.

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Fabien Cousteau and Presidential Task Force on IUU Join an Already Strong SeaWeb Seafood Summit Program Line-Up

Summit at Center of Action on
Sustainable Seafood

Fabien CousteauSilver Spring, MD (February 4, 2015) – SeaWeb and Diversified Communications announced today several new additions to the program of the 11th International SeaWeb Seafood Summit, to be held 9-11 February at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

"The collaborations that have been fostered by the preeminent group of global seafood leaders who attend the Summit have served as the foundation for much of the progress on sustainable seafood," said Dawn M. Martin, SeaWeb President. "Having some of the best and brightest minds on sustainability and the most innovative seafood companies together under one roof has drawn the interest and engagement of both the Presidential Task Force on Combating IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud and of world renowned ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau at the Summit," Martin continued.

Fabien Cousteau
Fabien Cousteau will moderate the concluding plenary panel to highlight the progress that attendees will have made during the Summit on key issues such as growth in aquaculture, fishery improvement projects, illegal fishing, and responsible sourcing. Mr. Cousteau will also deliver the closing keynote address of the Seafood Summit, which will follow the panel.

Grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and aquanaut, oceanographic explorer, conservationist and documentary filmmaker, Fabien Cousteau continues to fulfill his family’s legacy to protect and preserve the planet’s extensive and endangered marine inhabitants and habitats. Mr. Cousteau's audience at the Summit will include stakeholders from the nonprofit community, scientists, and seafood industry professionals from around the world gathered to create solutions consistent with Mr. Cousteau's belief that environmental discipline can be the basis for cutting-edge solutions that strike a balance between regional, as well as global, environmental problems and the realities of market economies.

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Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan to Deliver Keynote at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit

Newly appointed NOAA administrator set to speak at the Summit

Kathryn SullivanSILVER SPRING, MD (6 January 2015)—Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, will be the keynote speaker at the 11th edition of the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, to be held 9-11 February at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The opening keynote presentation is set to take place Monday, 9 February 2015 at 9:45am.

The Summit program will address key priorities for NOAA in its responsibility to sustainably manage marine resources, such as engaging stakeholders in the expansion of aquaculture to meet global protein needs and exploring Fishery Improvement Projects, as well as issues raised by the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud. In its recommendations, the Task Force called for dialogue among seafood stakeholders through collaborative forums. The Seafood Summit is recognized as the premier forum for solution-driven collaborations among the seafood industry and sustainability stakeholders worldwide.

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Presidential Task Force Calls for Comments, Dialogue in Recommendations to Combat IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud

SILVER SPRING, MD (17 December 2014) Yesterday the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud released its recommendations and requested public comment within 30 days on how to most effectively implement these recommendations.

IUU fishing is one of the most crucial global threats to the sustainable management of marine fisheries worldwide. It has significant environmental, economic, and social implications and jeopardizes the biological integrity of the ocean. Estimates of the economic losses range from $10 23 billion annually, and with more than 2.5 billion people relying upon seafood as a main source of protein, action on this issue is a global imperative. The Presidential Task Force recommendations identify ways for the government to prioritize actions to address IUU fishing and protect these valuable food and ecological resources.

For the past several years, SeaWeb has been working with experts on IUU, traceability, seafood fraud and human rights, most recently in preparation for the upcoming SeaWeb Seafood Summit. The recommendations touch on a number of issues that are key to the seafood industry and the conservation community alike.

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European Union Moves to Close Shark Finning Loopholes

The European Parliament voted to close loopholes which had permitted some forms of shark finning to occur. The EU had previously banned shark finning but special permits allowed some finning to continue. Parliament’s vote, with almost 90% in favor, closes loopholes in the existing law and ends special permits. The details of implementation will now be considered by EU ministers.

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