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Sainsbury's seafood exec heads MSC Brussels Seafood Futures Forum

Other panelists at the event include representatives from NomadFoods Europe, Pew Charitable Trusts and the Norwegian Fisheries Association.

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The Marine Stewardship Council is the world's largest fisheries eco-label program, with a mission of addressing the problem of unsustainable fishing, and safeguarding seafood supplies for the future.

Learn more at the MSC's upcoming Seafood Futures Forum, held during the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels on Wednesday April 25.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) will address more than 400 delegates at the annual Seafood Futures Forum during Seafood Expo Global 2018 in Brussels this week.

Panelists at the event include representatives from Sainsbury’s, NomadFoods Europe, Pew Charitable Trusts and the Norwegian Fisheries Association.

Through the lens of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14), discussions will focus on how to balance the need to live within the oceans’ ecological limits, while ensuring seafood supplies are safeguarded for this and future generations.

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The keynote speech will come from Ally Dingwall of UK retailer Sainsbury’s. He will discuss how one of the United Kingdom's leading supermarket chains provides a commercially viable seafood offering and sets its own sustainability goals, while incorporating international targets such as the SDGs and taking stakeholder concerns into account.

Following the keynote speech is the panel discussion “Fit for the future? How the MSC can stay the course," featuring representatives from the different stakeholder groups the MSC works with.

For personal reasons beyond her control the original moderator, Melanie Siggs, had to step down, but the MSC is thrilled to have Stephen Hall participate in her place.

Hall is and executive at Avalerion Capital and has a background in science, strategy and leadership of two world-class research institutes. He brings over 30 years of experience working at the interface between, science, policy and industry.

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He joined Avalerion Capital in 2016, following a 12-year term as director general of WorldFish an international research institute focused on improving fisheries and aquaculture.

Topics for discussion at by the panel will include: how industry and NGOs can best work together to tackle overfishing, the eradication of IUU, how to minimize impacts on marine ecosystems, how to promote and encourage science-led management, and the role of the MSC. Panellists include:

Annelie Selander – Nomad Foods Europe

Annelie Selander, group sustainability director for Nomad Foods Europe, has 15 years of experience in the food industry, working for international companies like Nomad Foods and Nestle. She has a passion for developing strong and trusted brands, mostly on a regional or local basis, but lately on pan-European scale. With one foot in marketing and one in product development, she finds the area of sustainability to be the most critical, interesting but also challenging for the food industry for the future.

Tor Bjørklund Larsen – Norwegian Fisheries Association

Tor Bjørklund Larsen has worked as a sustainability advisor for the Norwegian Fisherman's Association (NFA) since 2014. He manages sustainability efforts of the Norwegian fishing industry on behalf of the NFA, Norwegian Seafood Council and Norwegian fish sales organisations. This includes managing Norwegian MSC certified fisheries as well as potential new certifications.

Amanda Nickson – The Pew Charitable Trusts

Amanda Nickson, director of Global Tuna Conservation, directs Pew’s efforts to improve the conservation of tuna populations in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans through science-based policy development and advocacy. Nickson joined Pew in 2010 to lead advocacy efforts with regional fisheries management organizations and to address the overfishing of valuable marine species in international waters and help conserve these species and protect the ocean environment.

Ally Dingwall – Sainsbury’s

Ally Dingwall is aquaculture and fisheries manager at Sainsbury's Supermarkets and is a member of Sainsbury's agriculture team with responsibility for cross-category fish sourcing policy. He represents Sainsbury's within a number of fora including Fisheries Innovation Scotland, IFFO RS, Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative, Sustainable Seafood Coalition and Global Ghost Gear Initiative.

The panel is expected to deliver a lively discussion watched both by those in the room and online. Audience members able to ask a question to the MSC and its panel both live and ahead of the event.

The Seafood Futures Forum takes place in the Brussels Expo Centre, Wednesday, 25 April from 9:00-10:30 CET. Find out more and register (to attend in person or online) at msc.org/brussels

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