2018 Seafood Champions

Chefs Trading

Finalist, Seafood Champion Awards for Leadership
Chefs Trading is a USA based International Seafood Import/Export Company specializing in Sourcing, Logistics and Technology. We have a 100% boots on the ground approach to sourcing the best products at fresh off the boat pricing with the logistics to reach any one any where in hours.

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SeaShare

Finalist, Seafood Champion Awards for Leadership
SeaShare is a non-profit organization established in 1993 by fishermen, fisheries managers, and stakeholders. Their goal was to allow the retention of valuable fish caught incidentally, and use those fish to feed hungry families.

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David Parker

Finalist, Seafood Champion Awards for Leadership
David Parker is the current Head of CSR and Marine Biologist for Young’s Seafood Ltd., where he focuses on sustainable procurement and corporate social responsibility, ensuring that the business does the right thing, always.

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Guy Dean

WINNER, Seafood Champion Awards for Leadership

Guy Dean graduated from University of British Columbia with a degree in Marine Zoology and has been involved in the seafood Industry for almost 30 years from Farmer, Harvester, Fisher, Processor and Distributor. He’s currently the Vice President and CSO of Albion Farms and Fisheries – the largest center of the plate distributor in Western Canada.

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Gerald Knecht

Finalist, Seafood Champion Awards for Innovation
Gerald Knecht is the president and founder of North Atlantic and founder of Bali Seafood International. Presently his responsibilities include developing and implementing strategic vision and growth for both companies.

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Skretting

Finalist, Seafood Champion Awards for Innovation

Skretting is the world leader in the manufacture and supply of aquaculture feeds, making us an essential link in the feed-to-food chain. Skretting has 19 operating companies spread over five continents, with headquarters located in Norway.

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FisheryProgress.org

Finalist, Seafood Champion Awards for Innovation

FisheryProgress.org, a project of FishChoice and a collaboration with the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, is a one-stop shop for reliable, verified information about FIP progress that seeks to help accelerate sustainability in the seafood industry.

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Bubba Cook

Finalist, Seafood Champion Awards for Innovation
Bubba is the Western and Central Pacific Tuna Programme Manager. This programme is administered by the WWF-International Smart Fishing Initiative (SFI), but depends on the support and coordination of WWF offices throughout the South Pacific, including WWF-NZ, where Bubba is currently hosted.

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Pelagic Data Systems

WINNER, Seafood Champion Awards for Innovation

Pelagic Data Systems (PDS) is the creator of a groundbreaking vessel tracking system that is completely solar-powered, affordable, and suitable for boats of all sizes. PDS’s technology provides ocean-to-plate traceability for seafood lovers and helps eliminate illegally caught fish from the global supply chain.

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Daren Coulston

Finalist, Seafood Champion Awards for Advocacy

Daren Coulston is a former deep-sea fisherman who began fishing in 1982 working alongside Japanese crew on foreign factory fishing vessels in New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone. After talking with Indonesian crew who were rescued following the sinking of South Korean fishing vessel Oyang 70 in 2010, he changed focus and advocated for the rights of indigent migrant fishing crew.

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International Labor Rights Forum

Finalist, Seafood Champion Awards for Advocacy

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that advances dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. It works with trade unions, faith-based organizations, environmental groups and community organizations to support workers and their families.

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Patima Tungpuchayakul

WINNER, Seafood Champion Awards for Advocacy

Patima Tungpuchayakul has emerged as the key person behind attempts to end slavery at sea in South-East Asia. She is also deeply involved with the concerted effort to provide support and protection for Thai and migrant workers. Respected for her courage and determination, Patima’s work proved of critical importance when the Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN) rescued about 3000 captive and stranded fishermen from isolated Indonesian islands in 2014.

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Fair Trade USA

Finalist, Seafood Champion Awards for Vision

Based out of Oakland, California, Fair Trade USA is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable livelihoods for farmers, fishermen, and workers; protects fragile ecosystems; and builds strong, transparent supply chains through independent, third-party certification.

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Kampachi Worldwide Holdings

Finalist, Seafood Champion Awards for Vision

Kampachi Farms sees development of offshore aquaculture as a pressing environmental imperative, and a tremendous economic opportunity. The company is pursuing environmentally-sound production of high-value marine fish in offshore sites, using innovative engineering and biology, and working closely with regulators and the conservation community.

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International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry

Finalist, Seafood Champion Awards for Vision

WSI the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry is a not-for-profit association created in 2016 by seafood professionals and gender specialists. WSI was created to highlight women’s contribution in the seafood industry, to raise awareness of gender issues and to promote greater diversity and inclusiveness.

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Open Blue

WINNER, Seafood Champion Awards for Vision

Open Blue’s vision is to feed current and future generations in harmony with the ocean. Driven by a core belief that when we look after the health of the ocean and our fish, we provide better food for humans, Open Blue was founded in 2007, in response to challenges for aquaculture operations located in near shore conditions.

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Beth Lowell

Finalist, Seafood Champion Awards for Advocacy

Beth Lowell has dedicated her 20-plus year career to conservation issues, working in various organizations and capacities including coordinating national coalitions, organizing and engaging communities, advocating for environmental causes and directing national campaigns.

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