March 17-19, 2019 | Boston, USA

2018 Conference Program

2018 Seafood Expo North America Conference Program

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


Full Conference Passport: $425 (before March 10); $495.00

Limited Conference Passport: $200 (before March 10); $285.00 

Exhibitors can upgrade their registration to include conference sessions for $75.00 through the Exhibitor Registration page.

Day 1
Mar 11 2018
Day 2
Mar 12 2018
Day 3
Mar 13 2018

Keynote: What Does Globalization 3.0 Look Like? Global Trade In A World of Local Populism

We are about to enter the third phase of globalization. The first took place in the 19th century and crashed on the rocks of World War 2. The second took...
Mark Blyth

Fighting IUU Fishing And Seafood Fraud: Enhancing Traceability And Transparency Through Strengthened Governance Frameworks

Trade activities across seafood value chains are truly global, dynamic and complex in nature. Alongside the rising demand and value of seafood trade, there are also enhanced economic incentives for...
Giuliana Torta
Marcio Castro de Souza
Rune Dragset
Deirdre Warner-Kramer

Retail Seafood Merchandising – Best Practices in the USA

The world of seafood is changing and retailers are reacting. Wild fish and shellfish supplies are tighter than ever and securing supply has become more important than cost for many...
Phil Walsh
Chuck Anderson
Richard Castle
Oscar Herrin
Nancy Wangles

Changing Menus: Chefs and Suppliers Broadening our Palates

There are amazing & delicious lesser-known species available to us now that are a more sustainable choice than the species on most menus. Chefs, in partnership with suppliers/distributors, can truly...
Justin Boevers
Evan Mallett
Jared Auerbach
Derek Wagner
Jeremy Sewall

FDA and Customs Enforcement Actions: What to Expect in 2018

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 and why...
Benjamin England
Jessica Rifkin
Troy Petrillo
Steven BLoodgood
William Scopa

We Sell the Truth -The Bold Way to Regain Trust and Loyalty with Your Consumers and Supply Chain Partners

This is a real-time story of those seafood companies, retailers, and restaurants that got serious about connecting their consumers to the sources of their food, how it was harvested and...
Monica Jain
Duncan Berry
Leigh Parker-Chase
Thomas Ricci
Mike Spindler

Ready for Market – Progress in Southeast Asia Tuna Fisheries

Southeast Asia is a hub for tuna fisheries as well as processing. A continued demand for seafood from the region’s fisheries has impacted the productivity and health of the region’s...
Adam Baske
Jeremy Crawford
Helen Packer
Farid Maruf
Susana Roxas

Russian Seafood Embargo: What Is Next?

In 2014, a trade embargo against Russia went into effect in response to economic sanctions against Moscow over the Ukrainian conflict. This embargo has been extended twice which has substantially...
Andrey Buzin
Jean-Noel Calon
Jens Gardar Helgason

FMI Seafood Leadership Council Best Practices on Seafood Fraud at Retail

The FMI Seafood Leadership Council, made up of retailers, wholesalers, NGO's and Suppliers collaborated to write a white paper on the best practices to avoid seafood fraud at retail. Every...
Rick Stein
Guy Pizzuti
Mark Bowen

NOAA Update

For the last 40 years, the United States has invested heavily in its wild-capture fisheries, establishing a solid reputation as a global leader in sustainable fisheries management and marine stewardship....
Chris Oliver
John Henderschedt
Jim Landon
Michael Rubino

Free Sponsored Presentation: INECTA Fish Farm Solution

With the popularity of fish farming, maximizing yield and profits is more important every day. Using the INECTA Fish Farm solution you gain complete visibility of every step of the...
Johannes Gudmundsson

Free Sponsored Presentation: Feeding the World Sustainably: Combating Waste in the Global Fish and Seafood Supply Chain

Globally, it is estimated that 35% of all fish and seafood is wasted, and distribution and logistical challenges account for nearly 10% of supply chain losses. With the world’s population...
Brad Nelson
Alex Ricarte
Pete Pearson
Ron Cotterman

Industry Engagement in FIPs – Why it Matters and How to Get Involved

In this session, panelists will use concrete examples to demonstrate why industry engagement is critical in helping FIPs make progress toward sustainability, and how industry engagement helped a FIP achieve...
Guillermo Moran Velasquez
Jesse Marsh
Sam Grimley
Timothy Robert Patrick O’Reilly
Kristin Sherwood

Financing, Mergers & Acquisitions: A Primer

The economic landscape for the global seafood industry is shaped not only by trends in the marketplace, but also by access to resources and financial capital. SeafoodSource is convening a...
Cliff White
Jason Brantley
Andrew Freeman
Larsen Mettler
Ignacio Kleiman

To Buy or Not to Buy? What is Your Tipping Point that Makes you Fork out Your Money for Seafood?

The retail industry is strategically working to gain greater market share in the seafood category. Even with targeted media campaigns, meal-kits, ready to eat seafood and home delivery options are...
Scott Nichols
Linda Cornish
Meagan Nelson
Uwe Voss

Offshore Aquaculture in the Americas – What works? What’s broken? How do we fix it?

What is happening out there, over the horizon? The answer seems to depend on where you are: in Mexico and Central America, offshore aquaculture is moving forward on a number...
Robert Orr
Margaret Henderson
Neil Anthony Sims
Omar Alfi
Don Kent

Seafood Import Monitoring Program

The Seafood Import Monitoring Program will be enforced as of January 1, 2018. The new Program established permitting, reporting and recordkeeping procedures related to the importation of fish and fish...
Peter Quinter
Robert Becerra
Celeste Leroux
William Scopa

E-Commerce: Seafood’s Future

A trip to the fish market is now a swipe of the phone. E-commerce has reconfigured seafood sales, connecting suppliers and brands to a vast market of consumers. Still in...
Richard Barry
Eric Pelletier
Jeff Welbourn
Justin Oakes

Credible Transparency In The Certification Landscape

In 2018, GSSI will be celebrating five years of operations. This panel will discuss the challenges faced, lessons learned, and progress made in making seafood certification more robust and credible...
Herman Wisse
Darian McBain
Hugo Byrnes
Jennifer Kemmerly
Marcio Castro de Souza

Hotel and Foodservice Leaders Transforming Global Seafood Supply Chains Toward Sustainability

Multinational hotel chains and their suppliers/distributors face a rather unique challenge when transitioning their supply chains toward more sustainable seafood offerings – decentralized procurement coupled with a vast global footprint....
Nicole Condon
Jim Milkovich
Jocelyn Totty
Lee Barker

The Marketing of Aquaculture Through Provenance

Where do you come from? It’s one of the first questions that we ask when we meet someone new. Where you are from makes you….well… YOU! The same is true...
Tj Tate
Jennifer Bushman
Barton Seaver
Eric Wolfinger

The Raw Truth About Sustainable Sushi Sourcing

Long a revered culinary tradition in Japan, sushi is now a global phenomenon. Sushi-focused restaurants can now be found in every corner of the United States and Europe, and most...
Cliff White
Robert Bleu
Bernard Leger
Josh Onishi
Brandon Hill

NEW: Lightning Round: Maximizing the Whole Fish: How By-Products Can Increase Food Production, Value, and Sustainability

Fish guts, heads and skins! At first glance, not the most appealing topic – but don’t be fooled by appearances, fish by-products are valuable raw materials that are key to...
Julien Stevens

NEW! Lightning Rounds (Quickfire Presentations)

3:45 - 3:57 - Maximizing the Whole Fish: How By-Products Can Increase Food Production, Value, and Sustainability Presenter: Julien Stevens, Kampachi Farms 4:00 - 4:12 Seaweed : a very sustainable...

NEW: Lightning Round: Seaweed: A Very Sustainable Solution to Feed the World of Tomorrow

Lloyd’s Register Foundation is funding a very disruptive project with Wageningen University to develop seaweeds production in offshore wind farm area in order to enable a very sustainable source of...
Richard Beckett

NEW: Lightning Round: Single Cell Protein For Aquafeeds – Feeding The Food That Feed Us

Much of the world fish stocks are level or in decline and the raw ingredients for aquaculture feeds are potentially tightening in a time when major growth continues to be...
Larry Feinberg

NEW: Lightning Rounds: A Sea Change? Why the Seafood Industry Needs to Embrace Social Media and Fast!

The seafood industry is a global giant. Already fish represents 16% of all animal protein consumed globally and guarantees the livelihood of 10-12% of the entire world’s population. Add to...
Sally Herriott

NEW: Lightning Rounds Q&A

Directly following the four Lightning Rounds, presenters will be on stage to answer audience Q&A.

Getting Beyond the Stick

In the seafood industry we all know that consumption is still woefully low when compared to other center of the plate proteins. One of the problems is that we are...
Polly Legendre
Linda Cornish
Catriona Frankitti
Anna McAlister

Seafood HACCP And The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

Seafood is a category that has been strictly regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But how does FDA’s new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) change things? This panel...
Domenic Veneziano
Thaddeus Poplawski
Sergio Lozano
Shelly Garg

Workshop: Collaborating on Seafood Traceability

Opening Panel: In this session, the seafood traceability collaboration, a collaborative effort of the Oceans and Seafood Markets Initiative (OSMI), will present our work and any available tools/outputs that will...
Marah Hardt
Tejas Bhatt
Alanna Gisondo
Roxanne Nanninga
David Schorr

Consumer Expectations vs. Reality Regarding Seafood Traceability

Today's consumer believes they can go to a store, pick up a bag of shrimp, take a snapshot of a QR code and see a photo of the fisherman who...
Richard Stavis
Stephen Vilnit
Bill DiMento
Richard Castle

Selecting for Sustainability: How advancing Selective Breeding in Aquaculture Can Meet Future Seafood Demand and Minimize Environmental Impacts

Only 10% of global aquaculture uses selectively bred stocks but these examples provide demonstrable improvements in traits including disease resistance, growth rates, and harvest. With sustainability as our goal; which...
Joel Southall
Odd Magne Rodseth
Matt Thompson
Acacia Warren
Sergio Zimmermann
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