Accelerating progress in Aquaculture Improvement and Assurance through Technology and an Inclusive, Human Rights Based Approach

Tuesday, November 15 from 9:00-10:15 am ET

Join us for an interactive discussion about how the seafood community can work towards more equitable aquaculture supply chains. We will look at what constitutes an equitable supply chain and how different types of assurance systems and technology may drive a more equitable approach to supply chains. We will also explore the role of market-driven benefits and how seafood businesses may engage in giving back through a diversity of approaches.

Wendy Norden

Director of Science and Global Strategies, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

As Science Director, Wendy is responsible for the overall management, strategic direction and application of the Seafood Watch Science Program. This includes applying Seafood Watch standards across the globe and creating a better understanding of sustainability to a wide-ranging audience. Wendy has over 20 years of experience in marine conservation. This includes work in academia as Marine Conservation Science Research Professor at the University of Maine, studying the impacts of eco-certification on fisheries management and economic incentives for conservation, to several years in government, managing the New Zealand Department of Conservation’s fisheries observer program, to field research as a conservation biologist in Australia and throughout New England. 

Cormac O’Sullivan

Senior Fellow, Global Aquaculture Science, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

Having initially farmed salmon, trout and char in Ireland for 15 years, since then, Cormac has been involved in environmental consultancy and certification around aquaculture, fisheries and seafood for government, ENGO’s, retailers and private industry. Most recently before joining Seafood Watch, he was the Global Manager for Aquaculture and Seafood Certification at SGS. His work includes regular peer review of published scientific reports on aquaculture and also as an advisor on numerous technical committees for various international standards bodies. Cormac holds a Degree in Applied Ecology and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Protection and is a qualified Lead Auditor in all of the major seafood standards as well as trainer to many Standards.

Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen

Senior Fellow, Human Rights and Social Equity, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen has over 20 years of global experience in social development and human rights work, mostly in Europe, Africa and Asia. Birgitte started her own consulting business in 2010 and runs it out of her home country, Denmark. She has previously worked for NIRAS Consulting Engineers and Planners and for the International Labour Organization (ILO). She has lived and worked in several countries, including India, Tanzania, Thailand and Zambia. Birgitte specialises in the elimination of child labour, forced labour and human trafficking, and also works in the related fields of child protection, access to education and gender equality. She works extensively with different stakeholders in the seafood industry to promote socially sustainable seafood. In addition, she works on studies, strategic planning and policy formulation with governments and other partners around the world, such as her current work to support the renewed ASEAN Roadmap on the elimination of child labour. In addition to her consulting assignments, she serves on several advisory committees and boards.

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