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An Interview with
Richard Boot of FishChoice

Richard Boot video Richard Boot, Seafood Champion Awards finalist for Leadership, recognized that the biggest impediment to sustainable sourcing in the seafood supply chain was in the middle – that retailers and distributors had no idea where to source sustainable seafood. All the commitments in the world wouldn’t help a company follow through on its promises without an information bridge to help them. So, in 2008 he built FishChoice, a non-profit listing marketplace where producers could connect with buyers. fishchoice logoThat database today has more than 4,000 products and reaches more than 3,500 buyers. Learn more on Richard's Seafood Champion Awards finalists profile page.

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2016 SeaWeb Seafood Summit Digital Program Available

program coverThe 2016 Seafood Summit will address The Future of Production, The Supply Chain of the Future and The Future of Consumption. Topics will focus on the success and innovation in sustainable seafood that will lead us into the future — the challenges, strategies and emerging issues that will shape the marketplace a decade from now. The conference features five plenaries and more than 25 breakout sessions including panel discussions, lightning talks and keynote presentations.

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Louisiana Gulf Shrimp:
A #SeafoodSuccess

In July, 2015 a diverse set of seafood stakeholders fromLouisiana Gulf Shrimp video industry and conservation groups worked together to win a significant victory for shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico—the result means good financial and ecological news for the region. Learn more from our #SeafoodSuccess video.

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Report from CHOW 2015:
Leveling the Playing Field for Honest Harvesters

Washington DC, June 9, 2015—Following on the heels of World Ocean Day on June 8, Capital Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) 2015 is in full swing. Attendees will have the opportunity on Thursday, June 11, to learn the latest developments in the U.S. fight against black market fishing.

At last year's event, the White House announced a groundbreaking initiative to curb black market fishing. Since then, the Presidential Initiative on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud has solicited and received public comment on the initiative, and has moved on to the next stage with concrete recommendations to fight black market, or "pirate" fishing. As part of Thursday's agenda, SeaWeb president Dawn Martin will moderate a panel on IUU fishing.

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2016 Seafood Champion Awards Nominations Open

SeaWeb has announced the opening of nominations for the 2016 Seafood Champion Awards. The announcement was made to seafood professionals gathered in Brussels, Belgium, for the 23rd edition of Seafood Expo Global, the world's largest seafood trade event, produced by Diversified Communications.

Nominations are encouraged on behalf of individuals, companies or organizations whose accomplishments demonstrate outstanding commitment to advancing seafood sustainability in the fishing, aquaculture, seafood supply and distribution, retail, restaurant and foodservice sectors, as well as conservation, science, academia and the media.

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Fish swim by an afflicted coral

The coral pictured here suffers from white-band disease. First identified in 1977 when it struck a reef in the Caribbean, this lethal coral disease primarily targets Elkhorn and Staghorn species.

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Policy Watch

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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