Slow Fish 201: Accountability in an Era of Seafood Fraud

 

Speaker Bios

Colles Stowell launched the non-profit One Fish Foundation in 2015 to talk to students of all ages about such critical issues as how seafood is harvested or farmed, climate change impacts on marine ecosystems, and fisheries management policies. The One Fish Foundation mission is to ensure students, their parents and local communities understand that where their seafood comes from, how and when it was harvested and even by whom matters.

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman, a monthly trade publication for the U.S. commercial fishing industry, as well as its subsidiary products, NationalFisherman.com, Fish eNews and North Pacific Focus, a quarterly fishing trade publication for the West Coast and Alaska. She also serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a member of the board for the National Fisheries Conservation Center.

Patty Lovera is the Policy Director at Food & Water Watch. Patty will provide a brief overview of NOAA’s role and efforts in combating seafood fraud and discuss Food & Water Watch’s campaigns to influence change both at a legislative a consumer level.

Congressman Jared Huffman of California’s 2nd district recently become ranking member of the critical House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife. This subcommittee is tasked with reauthorizing the Magnuson Stevens Bill, otherwise known as the Fish Bill.

Noah Oppenheim is the Executive Director of Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and Institute for Fisheries Resources. Noah will discuss how fraud erodes trust needed to build and sustain fish harvester markets while also complicating efforts to change policy. He’ll discuss some strategies his organizations have taken to improve supply chain policy.

Kevin Scribner is the owner/operator Forever Wild Seafood. Kevin will discuss one approach to identifying and confronting fraud by establishing a community accountability environment of trust in which members adhere to a set of values, such as the Local Catch Core Values, and support each other while holding each other accountable to those values.