March 17-19, 2019 | 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 through the Exhibitor Registration page.

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...

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
Richard Castle
Josh Goldman
Steven Hedlund

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
Henrik Österblom
Jose Villalon

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

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...
Jen Paragallo

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

Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) have become a mainstream tool to help correct the environmental deficiencies in a fishery and bring its performance up to its optimal state. Most FIPs have...
Hoyt Peckham
Cecilia Blasco
Neel Inamdar

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

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

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

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
Fiona Lewis

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
Jessica Rifkin

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

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...
Brandon Hill
Jennifer Lambert
Jan Tharp
Shelley Zang

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

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
Yvonne Mesegue

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

FishWise is launching a new online platform to clarify recommendations for companies working towards socially responsible seafood. Developed with support from the Walmart Foundation and designed for the industry, the...
Aurora Alifano
Allison Arbib
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
Seth Moulton
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

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

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
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
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

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

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...
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