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NASF whitefish summit to include insights from China, Africa

Chair Thomas Farstad says he's 'thrilled' to 'extend the scope.'

Ten executives from three continents, led by Norway Seafoods' Thomas Farstad, will discuss the main drivers changing the global whitefish industry at the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) in Bergen in March.

"Demand and supply around the world is as always at the core of the whitefish summit," organizers said. "International cooperation, politics and structural changes are impacting the sector while players aim to tailor their an offering based on wild catches to changing consumer needs."

Speakers will address the situation, the trends and opportunities for the industry.

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"While the consumer is the one to please, nature and politics are frequently more important issues facing the white fish players," said Farstad. "Will the sector be able to put the consumer first?"

Insights from the Mediterranean, Africa, New Zealand and China will be looked at, as well.

"I am thrilled that we extend the scope this year to gain insight from other exciting fisheries and markets," Farstad said.

Speakers include:

  • Ragnar Nystøl, CEO of Kontali, Norway
  • Otto Gregussen, CEO of Norwegian Fishermen’s Association,  Norway
  • David Troncoso Garcia-Cambon, director at Nueva Pescanova, Spain
  • Åshild Nakken, sales manager at Leroy Seafoods, Norway
  • Greg Johansson, COO of Sanford, New Zealand 
  • Peter Pahl, CEO at Seawork, Namibia
  • Goran Nikolik, associate director at Rabobank, Netherlands
  • Jón Birgir Gunnarsson, sales director at Skaginn 3X, Iceland

This year's North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) will also host the sixth sustainability and communications seminar, entitled: 'We can feed the world, sustainably.'

The joint NASF and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sustainability seminar has a line-up of international speakers including:

Friederike Ziegler, a specialist in lifecycle analysis of seafood; George Chamberlain, president of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA); and Marcus Coleman, CEO of Seafish.

Greenpeace Norway will also join the conference for the first year to talk about applying the precautionary principle in new fishing areas.

This year the seminar will be extended and take place throughout the third day of the conference.

Horst Lang will chair a panel discussion including Greenpeace, Havfisk and others.


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