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Welcome to the seminar "Sustainable Oceans Future – Policy, Management and Business" at the world's largest seafood business conference

06 March 2018 — 08 March 2018 Institute of Marine Research

Norway at the forefront of sustainable development in the global seafood industry

In March, more than 900 representatives of the global seafood industry are gathering in Bergen for the world’s largest seafood conference, the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF). On the introductory day, the main focus will be on how scientists, management authorities, politicians and the business community can jointly ensure that this growing industry continues to prioritise sustainability and environmental protection.

This is the 13th edition of the NASF conference, which is an important meeting place for business leaders, politicians, scientists and other stakeholders in this global industry. The day before the main conference, sustainability will be on the agenda, and specifically how the main stakeholders can help to ensure that growth in the seafood industry respects our common goals of sustainability and environmental protection.

“Our seas and oceans are under threat from several quarters; overfishing, global warming and various kinds of pollution. Many people use the oceans, but the seafood industry is particularly dependent on them being clean and productive. Collectively, the seafood sector must find good strategies for dealing with these challenges. To achieve that, we need everyone to contribute: scientists, the industry, suppliers and politicians”, says Åsmund Bjordal, programme manager at the Institute of Marine Research. The Institute of Marine Research is organising the seminar jointly with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SEABOS).

The term sustainability refers to both fisheries and aquaculture, but it also relates to the food security and living conditions of everyone who lives off or by the seas and oceans. Fish and other seafood will play an increasingly important role in providing the world with enough nutritious food. This ties in with two of the UN sustainable development goals: eliminating hunger and ensuring that marine resources are used sustainably.

“We must think of the big picture to ensure that seafood remains an important source of food for the world’s growing population”, says co-organiser Livar Frøyland of the Institute of Marine Research.

For the complete programme and a presentation of the conference visit

Time and place: Introductory day, NASF 2018: Seminar: Sustainable Oceans Future – Policy, Management and Business. 6 March 2018, 09:00-15:00, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen

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