Conference Agenda

Welcome Reception: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Reconnect with old friends and meet new colleagues while enjoying cocktails and light appetizers under the hotel’s iconic Banyan tree.

Breakfast: 8:00 – 9:00 am

Welcome and Opening: 9:00 – 9:45 am

Plenary Session: 10:00 – 12:00 pm

Mapping Movement Level Challenges and Changes

Where is the sustainable seafood movement failing to have the impact we want? Where are global changes creating new opportunities? And how are our organizations evolving in response? During this interactive session, we will identify movement challenges and changes, note where organizations are responding by adding, ending, or adjusting initiatives, and explore potential collaboration opportunities.

Lunch Break: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Breakout Sessions – Round One: 1:00 – 2:15 pm

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.

Guidelines for Companies and the Future of Accountability and Transparency in Seafood: Part One

Your first chance to discuss the Guidelines for Companies, see the new landscape analysis of various assessment models/pre-competitive collaborations, and discuss how current guidance is used to drive accountability now – and what the future might be.

Community Lightning Round – Part One: 2:30 – 3:45 pm

Day One Closing: 3:45 – 4:00 pm

Networking Event: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Sexsea Trivia: the surprising link between reproduction and sustainable seafood

An interactive, trivia-based exploration of why and how healthy fisheries depends on successful sex in the sea. Bring your curiosity and leave with a new perspective and appreciation for where our seafood comes from and why this matters for long-term management of healthy fish populations. (And perhaps gain a few fun facts sure to entertain a crowd at your next seafood event). Drinks will be served. 


Breakfast: 8:00 – 9:00 am

Plenary Session: 9:00 – 10:20 am

A Queen Conch Farm in Every Caribbean Nation: How Puerto Rico is leading the vision for community-led conch aquaculture for restoration

During this session you will learn about the five community-based queen conch aquaculture restoration partnership projects that have been established since 2019 under the leadership of FAU Harbor Branch’s Megan Davis, Ph.D., an internationally recognized authority on warm-water, queen conch aquaculture, and her partners. Essential to the success of each project are strategic partnerships with the local host communities, governments, universities, and other organizations that work in collaboration with FAU Harbor Branch to learn and implement the technology to ensure the projects’ longevity. The goal of each queen conch restoration project is to transition the learnings and technology to the community, thus embedding the sustainable aquaculture restoration practices in the hands of current and future generations. 

The featured project of the session will be the Naguabo Aquaculture Center in Puerto Rico, which is a partnership with Conservación ConCiencia, who has been collaborating with fishing communities throughout Puerto Rico to develop, implement, and promote sustainable fishery practices. You will hear from the team about the Naguabo Aquaculture Center; the only queen conch hatchery that is part of an active commercial fishing association. The Naguabo Aquaculture Center is growing conch for restoration, local sustainable seafood, and is a training facility for workforce development and diversification of livelihoods for fishers. Grants from Saltonstall-Kennedy NOAA Fisheries, USDA ARS, and Puerto Rico Sea Grant support our aquaculture facility in Naguabo, Puerto Rico that has been in operation for 2 years. Come learn about this amazing project making waves right here in Puerto Rico.

Breakout Sessions – Round two: 10:30 – 11:45 am

 Examples of Market Due Diligence Activities

FishWise has been helping create and implement due diligence plans since 2017. What started as due diligence frameworks for traceability and combatting illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing expanded to address social responsibility and categories beyond fresh and frozen seafood. During this panel, FishWise will facilitate a discussion between industry representatives and other relevant stakeholders about implementing due diligence activities to share the process, lessons learned, and overall impact.

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.

The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability, advancing traceability through testing, tools, and dialogue

The GDST evolved from an informal dialogue platform into a permanent, fully independent, partner driven organization as of October 2022. Our standard for digital interoperable traceability in Seafood is designed to be used seamlessly from harvest to customer. Learn how our tools and tests create and confirm competency, and how the dialogue process ensures relevance to the data sets captured and shared. Learn, contribute, become involved!

Lunch Break: 11:45 aM – 12:45 pm

Workshops: 12:45 – 2:00 pm

Climate change, illegal fish harvest, and environmental degradation disproportionately affect women and the time to center their voices in addressing these challenges is now.  This workshop session will be divided into two parts: First, we’ll present insights from existing initiatives to improve gender equality in the seafood sector, including early learnings from SAGE’s Gender Equality Dialogues, which co-create a space for seafood industry leaders to build actionable gender equality commitments.  Then we’ll facilitate interactive activities to prompt participants to think about improving gender equality either within their seafood sourcing or internally within their organization.

Restorative farming of shrimp in integrated mangrove aquaculture (IMA) not only reverses the usual negative narrative of shrimp farming and mangroves – but offers a unique opportunity for community-based, climate-smart and biodiversity-inclusive seafood harvesting by smallholder producers. In Asia, more than 400’000 ha of intertidal zones can be restored by IMA, creating 600 Mil USD income for 100’000 families, harvesting 120’000 tons of high quality, sustainable shrimp and sequestering 80 Mil tons of carbon. In this workshop, we flesh out the critical bottlenecks for IMA going at scale, such as the (1) limited awareness of markets; (2) the challenges of organizing smallholder farmers and (3) outline the potential and complexities for blue carbon financing of mangrove restoration.

Conservation International, FishWise, and ELEVATE will co-lead an interactive workshop with the following objectives:

  • Socialize ELEVATE’s EiQ data platform, which utilizes risk assessment information to support data-driven decision-making within supply chains.
  • Discuss the potential to build a seafood portal within the EiQ platform to collate, learn from, and disseminate aggregated data from Social Risk Assessments.
  • Discuss data interoperability with other seafood data platforms.
  • Discuss use cases with the larger seafood community on how EiQ and RISE could be used to support seafood buyers and their NGO partners as part of a larger human rights due diligence process.

Breakfast: 8:00 – 9:00 am

Breakout Sessions – Round three: 9:00 – 10:15 am

Guidelines for Companies and the Future of Accountability and Transparency in Seafood: Part Two

Building on Guidelines for Companies Session Part 1, join this workshop on what accountability, transparency and verification should look like moving forward. Attendance at Part One on Tuesday is recommended.

Synergizing Sustainably: Strengthening Public-Private Cooperation for Aquaculture Development

A groundbreaking session where science, the private sector, civil society, and the public sector in aquaculture will share their experiences. Engaging in talks and discussions will foster collaboration and innovation to promote sustainable practices within the industry.

Community Lightning Round – Part two: 10:30 – 11:30 am

Plenary session – conference CLOSING: 11:30 aM – 12:00 pm

Lunch Break: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of this year’s Alliance Annual Conference