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Keynote Speaker
Program Overview
Tuna Workshop
Regional Field Trips
Seafood Choices Quick Links

The Seafood Summit is only a few short weeks away! Seafood Choices' 2010 Seafood Summit, "Challenging Assumptions in a Changing World,", will be held January 31 to February 2, 2010, at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center in Paris, France. The Summit is SeaWeb' largest annual event, attracting nearly 500 delegates from 35 countries in 2009. This edition of Afishianado provides an overview of the event program as well as the exciting events held in conjunction with the Seafood Summit, such as the Summit's first-ever tuna workshop and regional field trips to Normandy and the Mediterranean. We hope you can join us for this one-of-a-kind event that brings together global representatives from the seafood industry and conservation community for in-depth discussions, presentations and networking with the goal of making the seafood marketplace environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

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Daniel Pauly, Keynote Speaker

Seafood Choices is thrilled to announce Daniel Pauly as the keynote speaker for this year's Seafood Summit. Pauly is a distinguished fisheries researcher and was director of the University of British Columbia's Fisheries Centre between 2003 and 2008. He is principal investigator of Pew's Sea Around Us Project and on the board of marine conservation organization Oceana. He has co-authored more than 500 scientific articles, book chapters and shorter contributions, including the pinnacle work "Fishing Down Marine Food Webs" and more recently "Beyond Duplicity and Ignorance in Global Fisheries" and the book Darwin's Fishes. Pauly will speak at 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning to kick-off the Summit.
Program Overview

Seafood Summit 2010 offers attendees more diverse and varied sessions than ever before, on topics ranging from aquaculture, developing world fisheries, sustainability in Asian markets, tuna conservation efforts, traceability, illegal fishing, ocean acidification and more. With more than 40 sessions to choose from, the only tough decision about attending the Seafood Summit is deciding which sessions to attend.  

With that in mind, Seafood Choices has created two "session tracks" that may help attendees with particular interests focus their time at the Summit. The first day of the conference highlights the European Union and Common Fisheries Policy Reform track (EU and CFP Reform), with sessions focused on issues of high concern in Europe, the challenges and opportunities with the current round of reform of the CFP and the people working to make the European market more sustainable. The Business of Assurance track, running on the second and third days of the conference, explores the various efforts and views related to sustainability assurance. This track includes sessions on the role of standards systems in the sustainability of fisheries, communicating sustainability with consumers, public versus private certification systems, eco-labeling standards in the EU, distinguishing among aquaculture standards and more. 
Tuna Workshop

With tuna being a global headline news item and an important part of the international seafood market, Seafood Choices will convene an extraordinary half-day event focused on tuna. This half-day event, not limited to Seafood Summit attendees, will occur on January 30, the Saturday before the Summit, starting at 12:30 p.m. The workshop will feature the following sessions:
  • Bycatch in the World's Tuna Fisheries: A Global Approach
  • The Role of Market Players in Creating Sustainable and Equitable Fisheries
  • Selling Tuna Sustainably: Issues and Challenges
  • Northern Atlantic Albacore: The Forgotten Tuna
Discounted registration rates for the tuna half-day are available for Summit attendees. Click here to register for the tuna workshop and/or the Seafood Summit.
Regional Field Trips

As Seafood Choices brings the Seafood Summit to France for the first time, we are proud to offer delegates two field trips that begin shortly after the Summit closes on February 2.  The affordable rates for these exciting excursions have been made possible with the generous support of the Committee for Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture (CRPMEM) of Languedoc-Roussillon, the Conseil général de l'Hérault and Normandie Fraîcheur Mer (NFM). Complete information, including programs for each trip, is available on the Seafood Summit Program page at

Port-en-Bessin: Discovering the Normandy Scallop
The first port in Lower Normandy, Port-en-Bessin is located in the middle of the D-day beaches in a fishery region well known for its scallops and soles. Lower Normandy represents, by weight, the third-largest French producing region (66,000 tons or 60,000 metric tones) for these species and the first in terms of shellfish landings. The Normandie Fraîcheur Mer Association and the Low-Normandy Regional Committee for Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture (CRPMEM BN) will welcome Seafood Summit delegates in Port-en-Bessin. They will present their activities, the regional fishing management systems as well as the environmental certification projects for various fisheries.

Sète: Meeting Mediterranean Professionals
The Mediterranean Sea and its lagoons have kept traditional activities of fishing and shellfish farming in the Languedoc-Roussillon region going for numerous decades. The city of Sète is situated between the Thau lagoon (about 18,500 acres or 7,500 hectares) and the Mediterranean. Its specific location and its maritime past have made it the first Mediterranean fishing port in France. Representing the diversity of Mediterranean fishing techniques (trawlers, tuna seiners and small-scale fishing as well as farming gears and techniques), the fisheries in Sète are mainly sardine and anchovy, but also include species such as eel, clam, sea bass, grey mullet and bream. Shellfish farming also represents an important part of the regional economy, especially on the Thau lagoon where 8 to 10 percent of French oyster production originates (up to about 13,300 or 12,000 metric tones per year). The Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Committee for Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture (CRPMEM LR) will welcome Seafood Summit delegates along with representatives from the Mediterranean Association of Producers Organizations (AMOP), the French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) and Cépralmar.

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