What constitutes seafood fraud, and what can we do about it?

Join me and a panel of industry insiders as we try to answer these questions. This discussion will focus on the legal framework that determines what constitutes seafood fraud, how we enforce these laws, and what we can do to address some of the challenges and uphold values-based fisheries.

Register to join the discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 2:30 p.m. EST.

Congressman Jared Huffman of California will join the panel to share his perspective on seafood supply chain fraud, and his agenda for the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans, which includes some strategy for minimizing fraud.

Other panelists include:

·      Patty Lovera, 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.

·      Noah Oppenheim, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations and Institute for Fisheries Resources. Oppenheim 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, owner/operator Forever Wild Seafood. Scribner 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.

I'll be moderating the session and taking your questions along with host Colles Stowell, president of One Fish Foundation.

Last fall, nearly 100 people participated in the first webinar in this series, a discussion about seafood supply chain fraud, which highlighted the allegations against Sea To Table. We heard from distributors, a fish harvester and seafood advocates discussing challenges and potential solutions to questions of fraud. In short, relationships matter, and the better you know who harvests, processes, distributes or sells your fish, the closer you are to understanding and retelling that story.

The Slow Fish 201 Webinar series is produced in collaboration with Slow Fish, Local Catch, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, One Fish Foundation and Ecotrust.

Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 2:30 p.m. EST (11:30 a.m. PST). Follow this link to register!

Or access registration through the event's Facebook page.

See you there!

Jessica Hathaway is the former editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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