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Online 2020 Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium reaches biggest-ever audience


The Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium 2020 took place earlier this month in an online format, replacing the in-person event which had drawn an increasing amount of attention and attendance for in the past few years for shining a light on issues of marine sustainability in seafood-loving Japan.

Individual sessions of TSSS 2020 covered environmental, social, and corporate governance; local production and international certifications; food security; business, human rights and IUU fishing; investing tin the global ocean; corporate procurement; food culture; Japan and EU marine strategies; illegal fisheries in Asia; marine plastics; and technology and digital transformation.

Hanaoka said an increasing reliance on aquaculture – and a push to improve its sustainability – will also be necessary to meet the demands of an increasingly hungry global marketplace. Hanaoka noted demand for sustainable seafood is growing rapidly in Japan, but he lamented that most of the certified sustainable products currently available in Japan are imported and urged the more progress in the certification of domestic seafood.

Ise said Nissui had pushed hard to reduce its contribution to global plastics pollution and said the company had upped its participation in business sustainability initiatives including the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability and the SeaBOS initiative. He said Nissui is in the midst of conducting an extensive company-wide survey to determine its environmental impact both overall, with data drilling down to the individual product level. Nakai praised Nissui’s efforts and encouraged other large companies in Japan to take the issue of sustainability just as seriously.

“It’s important to educate consumers about the sea,” Nakai said. “Leading companies like Nissui can have a great impact with initiatives like this.”

News Source: SeafoodSource