WASHINGTON DC, February 8, 2017—The sustainable seafood sector is increasingly global, collaborative and distributed throughout the supply chain, judging by the 2017 Seafood Champion Awards nominees.

We received 115 nominations (25 percent more than last year) representing 43 countries (vs. 25 in 2016). They’re an impressive group–the judges have tough decisions ahead–and they’re breaking down boundaries to make progress happen. Once we could easily classify projects and organizations, but more and more, traditional labels don’t apply.

Highlights from the Seafood Champion class of 2017:
Seafood producers are the largest group, at 44 percent of nominees–a great sign of growing industry commitment to sustainability.
Few are going it alone: 65 percent of nominees are involved in collaborations bringing together some mix of industry, nonprofits and governments.
Many projects touch on four areas: 20 percent of nominees are working on aquaculture; 27 on responsible sourcing; 20 percent on preventing bycatch, and nearly half are working in some aspect of social responsibility or transparency and traceability.
Change is happening around the world: about half the nominees are based in North America, a fifth are in Europe and 9 percent are in Latin America. We also saw a rise in entries from Africa, Asia, Asia Pacific and Oceania.
Thanks to all the nominators and nominees for making 2017 an outstanding year for Seafood Champions. And a huge thanks to everyone in the seafood community who helped get the word out around the world.

We’ll announce the 16 finalists–four in each category of Vision, Leadership, Innovation and Advocacy–March 20 at the Seafood Expo in Boston. We look forward to seeing you there–or at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit June 5-7 in Seattle, where we will announce the winners.

Save your seat now, so you can meet the winners in Seattle. You can register at the Early Bird rate, which expires February 15.

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