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Sustainable seafood, tuna and aquaculture to be highlighted during seafood summit media briefings

5 September 2012

The 10th International Seafood Summit is an annual event bringing together global representatives from the seafood industry and conservation community for in-depth discussions, presentations and networking around the issue of sustainable seafood. The summit is taking place from 6 to 8 September 2012 at the Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong. Its goal is to foster dialogue and partnerships that lead to a seafood marketplace that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

Three media briefings will be held during the summit to give an overview of some of the important topics being discussed. The briefings will give journalists unique access to some of the leading speakers on the topics.

All briefings will be held at the Kowloon Shangri-La, Lower Level 1, Laurel Room (Media Room). For the full program and list of speakers, visit


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The State of Sustainable Seafood: The sustainable seafood movement has deep roots and a long history, and its future is being shaped by many different stakeholders in the global seafood marketplace. Seafood has many social, environmental, and economical implications so the need to plan for a sustainable future is important. Speakers on the topic of sustainable seafood will give a broad overview of the state of the movement from their unique perspectives and provide a look in what the future holds.

• Patricia Majluf, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

• Jim Cannon, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

• Henry Demone, High Liner Foods

• Jennifer Barker, Global FISH Alliance

• Dawn Martin, SeaWeb


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Aquaculture & global food security: Aquaculture is major global industry with Asia as a central hub. Asia accounts for 90% of global aquaculture production with China alone accounting for more than 25% of world production. With this growing industry, how can we ensure it is done in a sustainable manner - especially with a growing global population? This briefing will give a global overview of aquaculture, with a focus on the most pressing issues and solutions.

• Jason Murray, University of Sterling

• Bill Taylor, Taylor Shellfish

• Han Han, Tilapia Improvement Project

• Stephen Hall, WorldFish

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

A Future for tuna fisheries: Tuna fisheries have been a focus in the media for some time, with concerns on overfishing, population declines and illegal fishing. But what is the current state of tuna fisheries, and, more importantly, what is their future? The future for tuna must be a sustainable one in order to meet demands for tomorrow, today. This briefing will focus on the current state of tuna from several unique seafood industry perspectives.

• Susan Jackson, International Sustainable Seafood Foundation

• Hussain Hassan, Minister of State for Fisheries and Agriculture in the Maldives

• Tom Kraft, Norpac Fisheries Export

• Sari Tolvanen, Greenpeace Marine Campaigns

For more information on the Seafood Summit, visit

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