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International Conference on Seafood Transparency and Sustainability

16-17 May 2017 | Tokyo, Japan

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International Conference on Seafood Transparency and Sustainability

The International Conference on Seafood Transparency and Sustainability took place from 16-17 May 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. The meeting was co-organized by the Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA), Waseda University and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and was attended by approximately 300 participants, representing government, the private sector, academia, media and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

Given Japan’s position as a major player in the global fishing industry, as both a consumer and producer, the Conference was organized to: provide Japanese stakeholders with an opportunity to share information, particularly on the impact of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; share information about how other nations address seafood transparency and sustainability; and discuss next steps to increasing transparency and sustainability in Japan.

On the first day of the meeting, panels convened on the use of technology for monitoring and detecting IUU fishing and the prospect for international cooperation for combating IUU fishing. On the second day, panels focused on exploring policies and measures to promote seafood transparency and achieve sustainable fisheries and the use of fisheries certification and labels.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided a summary report from the International Conference on Seafood Transparency and Sustainability in HTML and PDF.


Masanori Miyahara, President, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA); Yoshioki Oozeki, Councilor, FRA; and Hiromi Shiraishi, Programme Officer, TRAFFIC, during session 1 on IUU fishig issues surrounding Japan and technologies to promote seafood transparency.

Tony Long, Director, Ending Illegal Fishing Project, Pew Charitable Trusts, presented on using remote sensing to detect suspicious behavior by vessels at sea.

Specific funding for coverage of the International Conference on Seafood Transparency and Sustainability has been provided by TNC
TNC