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Seafood Futures Forum | Marine Stewardship Council

26 Apr 2023 • Barcelona • Spain
Plate with globe and salmon on either side.

The Seafood Futures Forum is the Marine Stewardship Council’s thought leadership event. This year’s forum took place on 26 April 2023 at 9am CEST, live from Seafood Expo Global in Barcelona.

Towards a Blue Food Future: Is the seafood industry ready for transformation?

Governments around the world are under pressure to build food systems which can meet the needs of the growing global population but to do so in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. This has put ‘blue foods’ firmly in the spotlight.

This year’s Forum explored the role of sustainable wild seafood in the ‘blue transformation’ and what this means for the industry.

Blue Food Assessment members at the event

Keynote: Professor Manuel Barange, Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

In this address to the seafood industry, Professor Barange explained how the world’s political leaders, businesses and NGOs are realizing the growing importance of food from our ocean to address the challenge of food security and nutrition, and how to channel this growing importance through the high-profile FAO Blue Transformation agenda.

Professor Barange is a global expert on the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems, fisheries, and aquaculture. He is a co-author of the Blue Food Assessment paper ‘Aquatic Foods to Nourish Nations‘ (Golden et al. 2021). He is also responsible for FAO’s biennial flagship report, The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA).

Watch a recording of the hybrid Seafood Futures Forum >