WWF and partners making waves with third global gathering to stimulate innovation in the seafood sector.

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Today, global environmental organisation WWF, and partner organisations, kick-off the third global conference promoting innovation in the seafood sector. The Seafood and Fisheries Emerging Technologies (SAFET) Conference in Bangkok, running from 13-16 February 2019, is the only global conference focused on bringing together the fisheries, seafood supply chain, and technology sectors.

Bubba Cook, WWF’s Pacific Tuna Programme Manager said, “With 230 registered participants representing 129 independent institutions/businesses from 39 different countries, including 50 speakers, this conference is a unique opportunity to create solutions for the issues facing fisheries and seafood supply chains.”

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has conducted similar conferences biennially since 2014, with a vision to explore and drive innovation through emerging technologies that have the potential to transform the conservation and management of the world’s fisheries.

Outcomes from the first two conferences include improvements to regional fisheries surveillance in the Pacific through the connection made between a regulator and a technology provider and improved design of tracking hardware as a result of interaction with practitioners.

“By exploring emerging technologies as diverse as satellite remote sensing and unmanned surveillance vehicles, this conference will create and strengthen new connections among technology, industry, and government specialists,” said Bubba Cook.

Key issues being covered at this year’s conference include the latest tech that can improve fisheries monitoring and new developments in seafood supply chain traceability and transparency, such as multispectral imaging and blockchain.

While WWF led previous events, a broad coalition of government and non-government organizations (NGOs) have come together to make the 2019 event the largest and most relevant to date. The SAFET Conference is the only global conference where practitioners from around the world can explore and learn about the latest technologies available for application in fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) and supply chain traceability.

“Optimizing technology is critical to the advancement of traceability in fisheries,” said Susan Jackson, President of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). “SAFET is providing a much-needed forum for diverse stakeholders to share proven best practices, as well as emerging solutions for improved fisheries management. ISSF is committed to exploring and promoting cutting edge MCS tech, and we’re excited to support this important conference.” 

Bubba Cook said, “The event will help identify potential solutions to complex fisheries challenges by connecting technology providers with fisheries and seafood supply chain professionals. Ultimately, this is about solving the conservation and management challenges global fisheries currently face.”

Learn more about WWF New Zealand at: http://www.wwf.org.nz

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Louisa is the Communications Manager for WWF-New Zealand (World Wide Fund for Nature). She has extensive experience in the areas of media, communications and public relations. Her pen, camera and sense of humour have led her to wonderful work locations throughout Australia, Canada, USA, Solomon Islands, Vietnam, Cambodia, New Zealand and Peru. She was raised on a sheep and cattle farm in Outback Australia. Her specialty sectors are the environment (forest/marine/species conservation and climate change), crisis communications (biosecurity, floods and cyclones), and agriculture (livestock and broad-acre farming). She is an Open Water-accredited diver and has explored underwater ecosystems in the Solomon Islands and Cambodia.

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