Seafish Roundup - Marcus Coleman's June Blog

Posted on 15 June 2017

It's been a busy few months here at Seafish Towers and now that election purdah has passed, I'm pleased to be able to update you on what's been going on. In April, we attended the largest global gathering of seafood stakeholders - The Seafood Expo in Brussels. This year there were 1,700 exhibitors from 75 countries and tens of thousands of visitors; a salutary reminder that seafood is the most traded food commodity.

For exhibitors, the Expo provides a chance to connect with all of their customers in an few intense days, but with finite supply, it is often a case of refining a customer base as opposed to growing the numbers. The UK had a good presence again this year with the Welsh stand and Scottish Pavilion as busy as ever, while the Seafood Bar took centre stage, serving up an array of delicious seafood to the crowds.

On the Seafish stand we hosted meetings and briefings to update industry and to launch our new signposting tool, Tools for the Ethical Sourcing of Seafood (TESS), along with news on the internationalisation of RFS, expansion of RASS and developments on our proposed Human Rights Risk Tool for Seafood (HRRTS). Global interest in the ethics work undertaken by Seafish continues to grow and the UK industry is seen as a leader in this field though its collaborative approach with Seafish.

Interest in Social Sustainability was also evident at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Seattle a few weeks after Brussels. It was argued by some that Social Sustainability has overtaken Environmental Sustainability as the most common cause for concern for organisations with international supply chain interests. It is clear that much is being done around the world to identify and assess the scale of the problem.

The insight and work that Seafish's Ethics Common Language Group has commissioned over the past few years is widely recognised as industry leading and will help greatly as we work towards pragmatic solutions to these issues. Stakeholders are particularly keen to avoid a proliferation of solutions that may confuse and duplicate each other. For this reason, much focus is being brought to bear on Seafish's tools and solutions and we will continue to develop these to meet supply chain requirements.

For those interested in hearing more, the next meeting of the Seafish Ethics Common Language Group will take place in London on 11 July. Please contact Karen Green if you would like to attend.