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World’s biggest seafood event to put spotlight on sustainable fishing

Seafood Expo Global: This year's annual gathering of 25,000 seafood industry professionals will highlight the importance of sustainable fishing practices. From Green Futures magazine.
Image of Marine Stewardship Council stand at Seafood Global Expo 2013

By Duncan Jeffries, Green Futures Magazine

Seafood Expo Global, the world’s largest seafood trade event, takes place on 6-8 May in Brussels. Around 25,000 buyers, suppliers and processing-industry professionals from over 140 countries are set to attend, and between them the 1,690 exhibiting companies supply nearly every type of seafood imaginable.

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MSC as an agent of change in the global seafood trade

by Nicolas Guichoux
February 25, 2014
Nicolas Guichoux explains why seafood matters to him and why he's passionate about sustaining this commodity in a growing global seafood trade.

I grew up in Brittany, which is surrounded by the sea; half of France’s fish is caught and landed there, so where I’m from has certainly influenced me in my choices. Before I moved to the MSC, I was working as an export manager for a leading seafood processor in France, and one of my Swiss customers asked me to source some MSC certified hoki, which was my first interaction.

I found the concept really interesting. At the time the anchovy stock off the coast of France was collapsing. My cousin was a fisher in that fishery, so I knew of the threats to livelihoods and to the area, and thought: yes, we need a positive system to encourage sustainable management of fisheries.

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Welcome to the Marine Stewardship Council’s global blog

Maldives pole and line skipjack tuna fishers

Welcome to our new blog from the Marine Stewardship Council where we will explore our vision to safeguard seafood supplies for this and future generations. With your support for our ecolabel and fishery certification program we can make that vision a reality.

We will use this blog to explain why seafood matters. We will explain our sometimes complex standards and principles; we will introduce you to some of the people who work hard behind the scenes at MSC; we will offer perspectives on the urgent issues facing our oceans; we will explore species we all love, such as beautiful tuna that cruise the oceans up to 55 miles an hour, bring you photoessays from our fisheries and gorgeous picture galleries from the deep, and of course we will give you tasty suggestions for all the MSC labelled fish you can eat.

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MSC inside story: Why you can trust MSC ecolabelled seafood

These days people are increasingly concerned about where their food comes from. DNA testing prove MSC labelled products come from a certified sustainable fishery.
DNA testing of fish samples at lab

Alison Roel is a product integrity manager in the MSC’s Standards team. She has been instrumental in the coordination of DNA testing on MSC labelled products.  In late 2013, Alison appeared in an episode of the National Geographic Wild documentary series Mission: Save the Ocean discussing her work. Here she talks about her experience and why traceability is important.

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