- “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” -JFK
PROJECTS & INTERESTS
In November of 2016, we were invited to attend the Lima International Mahi Mahi FIP Workshop hosted by WWF Peru. Being able to actively engage with stakeholders during this workshop and collaborate in the production of this video, is definitely one of the highlights of my professional career. These fishing communities are inspiring and I believe this video has captured what it means to secure a sustainable future for Mahi Mahi.
1. Sea Delight Ocean Fund (SDOF)
The Sea Delight Ocean Fund (SDOF) helps support Global Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) and also develops education outreach programs that promote consumer awareness about seafood sustainability in South Florida.
This FIP started as an initiative by Sea Delight and Atlantida del Sur in 2013. We first partnered with the Centre for Development and Sustainable Fisheries (CeDePesca) and worked on writing grant applications to secure funding to conduct a pre-assessment (PA) against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard, schedule workshops with fisher cooperatives to discuss the results of the PA, develop a workplan, etc.
In November 2013, we were awarded a grant by Sea Pact and in December 2013, we also received a grant from the Sustainable Fisheries Fund, a program by Resources Legacy Fund, in support of this project over a period of two years. Thanks to this financial support, in March 2014, Intertek Fisheries Certification, LTD, a leading certifier of fisheries against the MSC standard conducted the pre-assessment of this fishery.
Since then, we have worked diligently in securing participation from the industry in the FIP and continue to work with local authorities, fishers cooperatives and Mexican exporters. What started as two company project has now grown to include stakeholders across the supply chain:
- Sea Delight (US importer)
- Atlántida del Sur (local exporter)
- Handy International (US importer)
- Chefs trading Co (US importer)
- Pesmar (local exporter)
- Quirch Foods (US importer)
- Netuno USA (US importer)
- Orca (local exporter)
- Comercial Oceánica (local exporter)
- Federación Regional de Cooperativas del Centro-Poniente del estado de Yucatán (Fed-Pte, local producer)
- Federación Regional de Sociedades Cooperativas Pesqueras, Turísticas, Acuícolas y artesanales del Estado de Yucatán, S.C. de R.L.
- Cooperativa La Pobre de Dios (local producer)
To learn more about this project, please visit the Fisheryprogress.org profile
CeDePesca also provides quaterly updates of this project on their website Click here
Participate in FisheryProgress website Advisory Committee, promote its use within the industry and help FIPs connect with buyers.
FisheryProgress now has 57 fishery improvement project (FIP) profiles, meaning that well over half of the world’s active FIPs report their progress on FisheryProgress. That makes FIP sourcing decisions easier than ever before.
3. Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability
Support the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability by participating in one of their working groups and their “aim to produce an aligned global framework for seafood traceability based on four pillars:”
- internationally agreed key data elements (KDEs) to be routinely associated with seafood products;
- technical specifications for interoperable traceability systems, along with standard legal and business formats facilitating business-to-business information exchange;
- internationally agreed benchmarks for verifying data validity; and
- harmonisation of business-smart national regulations to help reduce compliance burdens.
4. Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI)
The GSSI increases comparability and transparency in seafood certification and enables informed choice for procurement of certified seafood. GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool, which is based on international reference documents, will identify and recognize robust and credible certification schemes and support other schemes to improve and help our industry meet their sustainability commitments. We will continue supporting GSSI’s communication outreach and marketing initiatives by developing content for social media campaigns that can be used by GSSI partners to help communicate the value of GSSI Bench marking Tool for the industry.
5. Women in Seafood
More than a project, supporting initiatives that create awareness about the role of women in the seafood industry is a passion of mine. In January 2016, we launched a Women in Seafood series through the Sea Delight Ocean Fund which was a great opportunity for us to learn more about some of the women working in our industry. In order to learn more about the issues women in the seafood industry face, I have also joined the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI), a newly (December 2016) not-for-profit association created by seafood professionals and gender specialists. WSI’s goals are to highlight women’s contribution to the seafood industry, to raise awareness of gender issues within this industry and to promote professional equality between men and women.