The Polytechnic of Leiria, School of Tourism and Maritime Technology, and MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre in association with the International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) will host the World Seafood Congress 2023 (WSC2023) will explore how to optimize the contribution of fishery and aquaculture production and distribution to sustainable development, reflecting the interests of operators, workers along the supply chain, and, crucially, consumers.
The Congress will bring together the businesses and people working in the global seafood trade and its supply chain. It will consider how to optimize their contributions and how the sector can adapt to the challenging dynamics of the physical, biological, informational, and socio-economic environment to ensure that businesses deliver safe, sustainable, and equitable products and services into the second half of the 21st Century.
Keynote Title: Blue Harvest: Charting a Sustainable Course for People, Planet, and Profits
Speaker: Essam Yassin Mohammed, Director General, WorldFish
Date: Monday, 25 September 2023
Blue Harvest: Charting a Sustainable Course for People, Planet, and Profits
Fisheries and aquaculture production and distribution systems are at the heart of the blue bio-economy. As the supplier of the world’s most traded protein, the seafood sector has a pivotal role to play in building and maintaining global supply and distribution systems that ensure the delivery of safe, sustainable, and equitable products and services into the second half of the 21st Century.
In an era marked by unprecedented environmental challenges, economic uncertainties, and a growing demand for food security, the global seafood industry stands at a crossroads. As we navigate the intricate waters of sustainability, the concept of "sustainable and inclusive blue economy" emerges as a guiding principle, charting a dynamic course towards a future that harmonizes the imperatives of People, Planet, and Profits. A congress exploring the contribution of fishery and aquaculture production and distribution to sustainable development, reflecting the interests of operators, workers along the supply chain and, crucially, consumers.
The "Blue Harvest: Charting a Sustainable Course for People, Planet, and Profits" keynote will navigate through the interconnected challenges and opportunities that define our times. Furthermore, this keynote will illuminate some groundbreaking initiatives, demonstrating how science-based innovations drive sustainable seafood practices, bolster food and nutritional security, and empower local communities. By embracing technology, fostering partnerships, and reshaping market dynamics, the seafood industry can not only navigate the challenges ahead but also thrive in an era of change.
Key Thematic Areas:
-Advances in the science and technology of food from the aquatic environment
-Optimization of safe and sustainable value chains
-Meeting global demands of markets and consumers
-Molluscan Shellfish Safety