Highlights from Seafood Expo Global
April 25-27, 2023, in Barcelona, Spain
SFP Biodiversity and Nature Director Kathryn Novak was joined by Tracy Murai, assistant global director, maritime and fisheries at Thai Union, and Nicola Bedding, European Buyer at Purina Europe (L-R) for the official launch of our new Bycatch Solutions Hub. The Hub is a web-based platform connecting retailers and businesses that want to financially support projects to reduce ocean wildlife bycatch with organizations capable of implementing in-the-water solutions. Bedding spoke about how it is often challenging to get information on seafood sources in the pet food industry. Purina Europe is the founding sponsor of the Hub.
SFP Chief Executive Officer Jim Cannon was joined by SFP Advisory Services Sales Director Mercedes Mendoza, Nicole Fischer of Micarna SA, and Wenche Grønbrekk of SeaBos (L-R) for a panel on how seafood sourcing data is integral to sustainability and can drive consumer interest for retailers and seafood companies. Fischer discussed how Migros, a Swiss retailer, has introduced M-Check, a sustainability ranking for the environmental performance of supermarket products, and Mendoza introduced SFP’s Advisory Services, including Seafood Metrics, which informs the M-Check system.
Adam Brennan, group director, sustainability, at Thai Union, signed SFP’s new Protecting Ocean Wildlife Pledge during an event at our stand. As the first company to sign the Pledge, Thai Union commits to reduce bycatch of vulnerable marine wildlife in commercial fisheries through adoption of best practices and continuous supply chain improvements.
SFP Chief Executive Officer Jim Cannon and Aquaculture Stewardship Council Chief Executive Officer Chris Ninnes signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations to collaborate on sustainable aquaculture production and practices around the world, beginning with a focus on enhancing the scope and reach of aquaculture improvement projects (AIPs).
Stakeholders from the Mauritanian octopus fishery signed an MoU to establish a fishery improvement project (FIP) in the fishery. In the coming months, the stakeholders will meet to define a workplan and activate the FIP as soon as possible. SFP’s Global Octopus Supply Chain Roundtable has been supporting the process of developing the new FIP.
At our Global Squid Supply Chain Roundtable meeting, CAPECAL, the Peruvian Chamber for Jumbo Flying Squid, presented the next steps for the association. The meeting was well-attended by new companies that have shown interest in participating in the SR and supporting its ongoing initiatives. SFP announced that the Roundtable will support a scientific survey in Peru to improve FIP data collection.
Multiple meetings and events at the Expo focused on the value of improvements in complex multispecies fisheries that supply marine ingredients – and are an important resource for improving nutrition, food security, and well-being in coastal communities.