Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions Annual Conference
The Alliance is thrilled to announce that our Annual Conference will make its return to an in-person event this October. Each year, the conference convenes attendees from leading NGOs, businesses, foundations, and academia united in the belief that if we work together, responsible seafood production and trade can protect our ocean and the people who depend on it.
The Annual Conference is an invaluable opportunity to learn about emerging trends in the responsible seafood movement, bring visibility to your environmental and social responsibility efforts, and forge strategic partnerships with old and new colleagues.
The deadline to register is next Friday, October 6
*Breakout Sessions related to SSF
Sustainability Assurance in small scale Fisheries and Aquaculture – New and Innovative Approaches
Whilst there are the traditional tools for sustainability assurance like Certification and Ratings, there is a need for new models/tools and an inclusive process especially for small scale fisheries and aquaculture. The focus of the session is to demonstrate through Ocean Wise and SFW initiatives that there are other credible tools and initiatives and hear of other experiences and input from participants/panelists at the event. The session will also look at how these initiatives can be advanced and how we address the issue of market access for these small scale fisheries and aquaculture through these new tools.
From Artisanal fisher to international organizations – how multi-stakeholder partnership is making waves in the fishing sector in South America
This session explores labor challenges facing the workers in South America with a focus on Peru and Ecuador. From the impact of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing to informality in artisanal fishing communities, there are several challenges facing fishing communities in South America. This panel will uncover these dynamics through the International Labor Organization’s Decent Work in Fishing project, Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental’s Por La Pesca project and US Department of Labor’s Supply Chain research in fishing.
Advancing Social Responsibility and Social Equity in Small-Scale Fisheries
The Alliance’s strategic plan states that “Consistent with the Monterey Framework for Social Responsibility, to be socially responsible, commercial fishing and farming must consider and incorporate the protection of human rights, dignity and access to resources; equitable opportunity to benefit and equity for all workers; and the improvement of food and livelihood security.” This session will facilitate a discussion on how organizations and companies can operationalize these principles in small-scale fisheries. Abalobi, SmartFish and the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) will share their experiences working to advance social responsibility and social equity in fisheries in South Africa, Mexico, The Maldives, and Indonesia respectively. Based on this experience we will share practical recommendations for how seafood companies and civil society organizations can address social responsibility and social equity in small-scale fisheries. We will then open the session for a structured conversation with attendees. Following the session, we will revise the recommendations based on the feedback received.