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Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability Forum- Taking Stock and Next Steps

September 15, 2023 • 8:30 am – 12:15 pm EDT

Traceability of seafood supply chains continues to play a critical role in understanding and mapping environmental and human rights risks across the industry. The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) has played a central role in this effort by advancing the adoption of programs to support legal and sustainable fisheries. FishWise/SALT, the Stephenson Ocean Security Project, and the Human Rights Initiative will host an impact event to bring together sectoral experts, government representatives, industry leaders, and civil society stakeholders to reflect on the progress made and to explore the challenges and opportunities ahead as we move towards a more sustainable and traceable seafood industry. 

Check In and Coffee

8:30 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45 am

- Jenny Barker, Executive Director, FishWise

- Dr. Whitley Saumweber, Director, Stephenson Ocean Security Project, CSIS 


Keynote Address from Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Ranking Member, Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries

9:00 am

Video Vignette

9:20 am

Panel 1: Achievements and Challenges of Seafood Traceability

9:30 am

This panel will ​seek to place SALT in the context of the broader movement towards transparency and traceability in global seafood supply chains and ​provide an overview of SALT’s key achievements​. In particular,​ ​this will include discussion ​of ​key products and tools developed by SALT​ and illustrate their application in practice.​  


Moderated by Jenny Barker, Executive Director, FishWise



- Mariana Aziz, Director of Transparency Campaigns, Oceana in Mexico

- Jennifer Kane, Senior Biodiversity and Natural Resources Advisor, Biodiversity Division, Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure (EEI), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

- Sara Lewis, Traceability Division Director, FishWise

- Jovice Mkuchu, Ministry of Fisheries, Tanzania


10:30 am

Video Vignette

10:50 am

Ian Urbina, Director, Outlaw Ocean Project

Panel 2: The Next Frontier of Seafood Traceability and Transparency

11:00 am

This panel will consider how to further integrate key elements of​ the movement towards​ ​​​traceability and ​transparency in​to broader sustainability initiatives within seafood building upon SALT’s original traceability work​.


Moderated by Whitley Saumweber, Director, Stephenson Ocean Security Project, CSIS



- Alexa Cole, Director, Office of International Affairs, Trade, and Commerce, NOAA

- Tony Long, CEO, Global Fishing Watch

- Leo Pradela, Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation

- Laura Van Voorhees, Team Lead, Bureau of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor

Concluding Remarks

12:00 pm

- Kate O'Rourke, Chief of Party, SALT

- Dr. Whitley Saumweber, Director, Stephenson Ocean Security Project, CSIS

The Stephenson Ocean Security Project was established through generous support from the Phillip Stephenson Foundation.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

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Contact Information

Whitley Saumweber
Director, Stephenson Ocean Security Project, and Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative
Marti Flacks

​Marti Flacks

Former Khosravi Chair in Principled Internationalism and Former Director, Human Rights Initiative