Ocean Trust Calls for the Rationalization of Seafood Sustainability At Boston 2016 Show

Ocean Trust moderated a conference session on Rationalizing Seafood Sustainability at the 2016 Seafood Expo North America calling for changes in the certification and ecolabelling of sustainable seafood.  “We need to be realistic when looking at fisheries, the vast majority of which have not been certified because of the impractically and cost under the current certification programs,” said Thor Lassen, President of Ocean Trust. “We have to rationalize the process and be open to a broader approach that focuses on evaluating management systems instead of individual fisheries.”  The panel included presentations from Lassen on the "Management System Assessment Process," Steve Cadrin from the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists on the "Science and Sustainability Forum" which recommended a shift to certifying management systems, John Henderschedt, NOAA Fisheries Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection Program on their "Assessment of the US Management System," and Grimur Valdimarsson, Ministry of Industries & Innovation Iceland "Time to Rationalize Seafood Sustainability."