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Nominations for 2016 Seafood Champion Awards Open

Brussels, Belgium (April 23, 2015) –SeaWeb today 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.

Helen Packer of Anova Food's Fishing & Living program, 2015 Seafood Champions for Innovation, said: "It's a prestigious and meaningful award and we see this as a perfect opportunity to show that our program can be a successful model and be replicated to other fisheries and well as other companies. Our mission is to be a leader by example. The private sector needs to be more involved in the field, needs to be part of the action."

Steve Trent of the Environmental Justice Foundation, 2015 Seafood Champions for Advocacy, said of the awards: "Recognizing these sustainable seafood leaders is so important because it highlights all the good work that's being done by many businesses, organizations, and individuals around the gives them a push, a boost to carry on with their work. It also has a very important role in identifying functional solutions; those people that win the awards have, by and large, created solutions in a local context, implemented them, and seen that they can work. And that is crucial."

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Lionfish and Chips? NMSF and SeaWeb Seek Chefs' Help Migrating Invasive Species to the Menu

Call-out for Lionfish Recipes

One way to help eliminate one of the Atlantic Ocean's greatest threats might be with a side of sauce piquant.


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While visually stunning, the lionfish is an invasive species plaguing marine ecosystems in US waters, particularly the southeast Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. As conventional population reduction methods have proven unsuccessful, organizations are innovating new tactics. The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF) and SeaWeb hope a secret weapon America's chefs will spread the word that lionfish are malicious but delicious.



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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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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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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