March 15-17, 2020 | Boston, USA

2019 Conference Program

2019 Seafood Expo North America Conference Program

*Schedule is subject to change. Additional sessions will be added as information becomes available. 


Full Conference Passport: $450 (before March 16); $550

Limited Conference Passport: $250 (before March 16); $350 

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Exhibitors can upgrade their registration to include conference sessions for $99 by calling +1 508-743-8577.

Day 1
Mar 17 2019
Day 2
Mar 18 2019
Day 3
Mar 19 2019

Keynote: Economic Outlook

Chief Economist Dr. Lindsey Piegza will look at the pace of our economic recovery and what it means going forward for overall growth, interest rates and monetary policy. She will...
Lindsey Piegza

Seafood Trends and Preferences In Home and Away From Home

Mark will draw from Datassential's extensive resources to examine seafood trends in the U.S. Specifically, he will identify the top and fastest growing varieties of seafood, as well as the...
Mark DiDomenico

Increasing America’s Per Capita Seafood Consumption 25% by 2023

Widespread acceptance of seafood continues to elude the industry. While consumers know many ocean-fisheries are badly depleted, with scarcities creating prices only the wealthy can afford, they’re also told that...
Phil Walsh
Steven Hedlund
Richard Castle
Josh Goldman

Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship

The aim of the SeaBOS initiative is to stimulate industry leadership for ocean stewardship in accordance with best available science. SeaBOS is the result of a science-based identification of "keystone...
Darian McBain
Wenche Gronbrekk
Henrik Österblom
Jose Villalon

Triple Impact FIPs: Finding and Capturing Value to Accelerate Fisheries Improvement

Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) are the sustainable seafood movement’s primary tool for incentivizing fisheries improvement, and they have yielded notable progress over the past twenty years, primarily in industrial fisheries...
Hoyt Peckham
Cecilia Blasco
Guy Dean
Elena Finkbeiner
Neel Inamdar

Social Responsibility on Fishing Vessels: a Template for Ensuring Market Access

In 2015, the Associated Press (AP) published a series of news stories regarding an investigation by reporters into egregious labor practices onboard foreign fishing vessels which included slavery. In response...
Julie Decker
Stefanie Moreland
Riley Smith

How to Build a Rock Star Consumer Brand

The seafood industry has historically been very supply driven, i.e., we've got a lot of x species coming in this year, so let's find a way to sell it to...
Carol Ortenberg
Poorvi Patodia
Ken Plasse
Kate Weiler

Delivering on Seafood Traceability Under the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program

The SIMP - a key tool in the United States' response to combating IUU fishing and seafood fraud -has been in place for over a year. The recent addition of...
Laurel Bryant
Todd Dubois
Christopher Robertson
Steven Wilson

Seafood Financing: Challenges and Opportunities for the Year Ahead

Financing the seafood industry is complex - companies that operate in multiple jurisdictions must comply with varying regulatory and accounting standards. Entrepreneurs and established players rely on significant upfront capital...
Roy Høiås
Yoav Dagan
Per Grieg
Amie Osborn
Howard Tang

Trade Relations and E-commerce

E-commerce is moving seafood sales online. All-encompassing platforms in Asia provide consumers with unprecedented access to globally sourced products as well as pioneer new selling venues for foreign suppliers. However,...
Richard Barry
Helen Gao
Annie Tselikis

FREE SPONSORED PRESENTATION: A Leap Forward for Traceability: How New Voluntary Standards Will Affect the Seafood Industry

More than sixty leading companies—representing over USD $35 billion in annual seafood production—have joined or endorsed the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) to draft the first-ever industry standards for...
David Schorr
Guy Dean
Ignatius Dharma
Mike Kraft
Helen Packer

FREE SPONSORED PRESENTATION: Aquaculture Sustainability: Utilizing ROVs to Ensure Best Practice

Most Americans would be surprised to discover that their last seafood meal may have been raised on a farm rather than caught in the wild. Farmed fish supply one-third of...
Cody Warner

Bigger is Better – Scaling up FIPs for more Sustainable Seafood

In the early days of fishery improvement projects (FIPs), just getting small projects with individual fisheries established was a cause for celebration. Today, FIPs are far more commonplace, making existing...
Jim Cannon
Mario Alfonso Miranda
Jack Scott
Hamish Walker

Changing the Narrative on Sustainable Aquaculture in the Culinary Community

The James Beard Foundation is working to expand the Smart Catch program which seeks to assess and improve the sustainability of seafood served in restaurants through education. The program has...
Katherine Miller
Jill Kauffman Johnson
Fiona Lewis
Stacy Schultz
Helene York

FDA and Customs Compliance and Enforcement: Successfully Operating in an Evolving Regulatory Environment

The session will explore FDA's and Customs' Inspection/Audit processes for seafood processors and importers and seafood import shipments. Hear from FDA and Customs officials on what to expect in 2019,...
Benjamin England
Steve Bloodgood
Troy Petrillo
Jessica Rifkin

What is Gender Equality and Does It Matter in Seafood?

The case for gender equality is strong - companies need to respect human and women rights in their supply chains, and yet progress has been slow. In 2018, Oxfam estimates...
Art Prapha
Darian McBain
Lydia Long
Marie Christine Monfort

What Consumers Want: The Future of Sustainable Seafood

A recent consumer survey ( found that 79% of American seafood consumers agree that fish must be protected for future generations. However, only 15% of American seafood consumers feel that...
Abbie Curtis O’Reilly
Brandon Hill
Jennifer Lambert
Jan Tharp
Shelley Zang

The U.S. Government Approach for Expanding Aquaculture as a Key Investment in the Blue Economy

As part of a long-term strategy for a sustainable supply of seafood, the U.S. government has long recognized the need to support development of a domestic aquaculture industry-reducing our reliance...
Kathryn Unger
Daniel Benetti
Bill DiMento
Fern Gibbons
Michael Rubino

How do We Grow Safe and Sustainable Aquaculture for All?

Aquaculture is an important source of protein for human consumption and now contributes more than half the total weight of seafood available per capita. Certification programs can help to ensure...
Roberta Anderson
Herman Wisse
Melanie Siggs
Roy van Daatselaar

U.S. Government Policies Regarding Imported Seafood

The panel will address 3 topics: 1) Section 301 25% Extra Tariffs Against Chinese Seafood, 2) FDA Import Alerts - how non-U.S.seafood suppliers get on the automatic detention list and...
Peter Quinter
Robert DeHaan
Yvonne Mesegue
Thaddeus (Ted) Poplawski

Sharing an Online Roadmap for Social Responsibility Guidance in the Seafood Industry

Seafood businesses are increasingly worried about labor conditions throughout their supply chains, but may not know how to assess their risks and make improvements. FishWise is launching a new online...
Cora Sorenson
Allison Arbib
Alexander Knecht
Mark Taylor

Sustainability in Crisis – The Importance of Science, Industry & Government in Protecting Right Whales and Fishing Livelihoods

In recent years, ropes used with fixed fishing gear entangled an unprecedented number of endangered North Atlantic right whales. In response, the MSC suspended its eco-certification for a snow crab...
Richard Stavis
Michael Lane
Seth Moulton
Martin Noel
Timothy Werner

Innovation and Diversification in Asian Aquaculture

The top seven countries ranked by total aquaculture production are all located on the same continent – Asia. And while the continent continues to distance itself from the rest of...
Cliff White
Dan Chen
Josh Goldman
Charles Siebenberg
Khanh Truong

Social Sustainability In Fisheries Value Chains

Globally, great efforts have been made to ensure seafood is produced and traded in an environmentally sustainable manner, while the promotion of social sustainability in seafood value chains has been...
Herman Wisse
Darian McBain
Hugo Byrnes
Sonja Schmid
Joe Zelasney

Free Sponsored Presentation: Ocean Plastic Pollution: From the Garbage Patch to Your Dinner Plate

The partnership between Thai Union/COS and GGGI was announced at Seafood Expo North America one year ago. The commitment to work with the GGGI, in large part to tackle ocean...
Darian McBain
Ingrid Giskes
Nola Martin

Current Updates on Seafood HACCP and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act including an Issue Spotlight on Decomposition

Seafood is a category that has been strictly regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Customs and Border Protection. But how does FDA’s new Food Safety Modernization Act...
Shelly Garg
Sergio Lozano
Thaddeus (Ted) Poplawski
Domenic Veneziano

Building Equity into Sustainable Seafood Sourcing

This session will pose three important questions to seafood businesses: have you fully evaluated both the environmental and social impacts of your procurement policies; can you increase your support for...
Adam Baske
Poull Brien
Ratana Chuenpagdee
Nola Martin
Joe Zelasney

Global Aquaculture Alliance Annual Shrimp Forum

The Annual Shrimp Forum is back! A fixture of Seafood Expo North America Conference for years, the Annual Shrimp Forum returns to address the challenges and opportunities facing the global...
Steven Hedlund
George Chamberlain
William Dresser
Travis Larkin
Willem van der Pijl

FMI Power of Seafood 2018

The Power of Seafood 2018 documents the biggest trends in consumer purchasing and consumption of Seafood items at retail, its opportunity, image, store destination and above all, the ways in...
Rick Stein
Guy Pizzuti
Megan Rider
David Wier

Utilizing 3PL Partners to Provide Transparency and Traceability in the Temperature-Controlled Supply Chain

Third-party logistics (3PL) companies play a key role in ensuring the transparency, accuracy and traceability in the temperature-controlled supply chain. 3PLs have the ability to streamline the flow of inventory...
Rob Adams
Jeff Cook
John Gaudet
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