Workshop on Voluntary Sustainability Claims on Seafood Products (13-15 July 2020)

The Market Advisory Council (MAC) is one of the eleven Advisory Councils that provide the European Commission and EU Member States with recommendations on fisheries management matters under the Common Fisheries Policy. The MAC is composed of 59 members, representing the entire seafood value chain as well as other interests groups, from 11 Member States and provides recommendations on matters relevant for the EU market of fishery and aquaculture products.

On July 13-15, the MAC will be organising a Workshop on Voluntary Sustainability Claims on Seafood Products. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together members of the MAC, institutions and external experts in a constructive exchange about how voluntary sustainability claims on seafood products, including ecolabels and certification schemes, interact with the EU seafood market. The workshop outcomes are intended to aid the European Commission in assessing the situation and to help provide guidance to inform any further steps.

The event will take place as a series of webinars with interpretation available in English, French, and Spanish.

Workshop Programme:

MAC Voluntary Sustainability Claims on Seafood Products – Programme – July 2020

MAC Voluntary Sustainability Claims on Seafood Products – Panellists


I – Public & Private Initiatives (Monday, 13 July, 10:00-12:30 CET)

II – Value Chain, Environment & Market (Tuesday, 14 July, 10:00-12:30 CET)

III – Sustainability & Farm to Fork Strategy (Wednesday, 15 July, 10:00-12:30 CET)

Presentations (Session I):

Simon Bush – Wageningen University – Introduction

Nianjun Shen – FAO – Ecolabelling Guidelines

Bjorn-Erik Lonn – Nordic Swan Ecolabel

Caitlin Peeling – ISEAL Alliance – Codes of Good Practices

Hugo Byrnes – GSSI – Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative

Karin Bilo – WWF – Sustainable Seafood Guides

Presentations (Session II):

Sofie Smedegaard Mathiesen – Danish Fishermen PO – Fisheries Sector

Javier Ojeda – FEAP – Aquaculture Sector

Mike Mitchell – UK Seafood Industry Alliance – Processing Sector

Ondina Afonso – SONAE MC – Retailers

Dr Eva Papaioannou – GEOMAR – Environmental Benefits and Impacts

Dr. Jose Luis Fernandez Sanchez – University of Cantabria – Market benefits, costs, limitations

Presentations (Session III)

Dr Sterenn Luccas – Agrocampus Ouest – Consumers Attitudes

Henrik Stenwig- Norwegian Seafood Federation – Environmental Footprinting

Helen Duggan – Seafish – Responsible Fishing Scheme

Melanie Siggs – GSA – Best Aquaculture Practices & Best Fishery Practices

Dr Julio Moron – OPAGAC – Responsible Tuna Fisheries Standard

Doug Waley – Eurogroup for Animals – Animal Welfare


Jul 13 - 15 2020


10 h 00 min - 12 h 30 min


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