GGGI & SeaWeb Seafood Summit
In June, GGGI participants came together to launch the Best Practice Framework for the Management of Fishing Gear (BPF) at the SeaWeb Summit, where the GGGI was also a finalist in the ‘Vision’ category in the prestigious Seafood Champion Awards. The SeaWeb Seafood Summit is the world’s premier conference on seafood sustainability and brings together leading thinkers in the sector to discuss emerging challenges and opportunities in the sustainability arena. With an exhibition stand and presence across several events throughout the week, the issue of ghost gear was positioned as a key theme for delegates to consider.
BPF launch side event
Our launch for the BPF was attended by a range of companies, NGOs, fishing associations and policy makers with an interest in responsible seafood. Attendees heard from Jonathan Curto of TriMarine, Joan Drinkwin of Natural Resources Consultants, Tim Huntington of Poseidon Resources Consultants and Christina Dixon of World Animal Protection. The presentations looked at best practices for reporting and removal of lost gear, corporate sustainability and sustainable management practices for Fishing Aggregating Devices (FADs). The talks focussed on practical applications of the GGGI guidance and provided demonstrable examples of policy changes and removal programmes that have yielded benefits to fisheries.
The Summit programme also provided an opportunity for Rich Lincoln from Ocean Outcomes to give a short presentation on the BPF consultation and other GGGI activities including our solution projects. Audience members were keen to learn more about the issue and some share their own experience with ghost gear in their fishery or region, as well as participate in the consultation.
After only two years in existence, the GGGI was nominated for a prestigious Seafood Champion Award in the ‘Vision’ category amongst some stiff competition. Although the GGGI did not manage to take home the award, the process provided the opportunity to elevate the issue of ghost gear to the seafood sector and forge new connections with leaders in sustainability, including GGGI participants, Pelagic Data Systems and Dr. Caleb Otto, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Palau to the United Nations, who has led his small island nation to a position of leadership on the international stage through passionate advocacy.