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2012 Seafood Champion Awards

Seafood Champions group shot

06 September, 2012 - (Reprinted with permission from Seafood Source, Media Sponsor for the 10th International Seafood Summit)

Nine advocates for sustainable seafood walked away with Seafood Champion Awards at the annual International Seafood Summit in Hong Kong Thursday. The awards were announced in the opening ceremony for the event, held at the Kowloon Shangri-La in Hong Kong.

This year's winners represent leaders working on a variety of pressing seafood and ocean-related issues including illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, anti-shark finning, community-managed fisheries, traceability and fisheries improvement projects.

The winners are: Austral Fisheries Osborne Park, Australia; Bahamas Marine Exporters Association of Nassau, Bahamas; Blue Ventures Toliara, Madagascar; Francois Pasteau, chef/owner, L'Epi Dupin Paris; Jimmy Martinez Ortiz, Sub Secretariat of Fisheries of Manabi Province, Ecuador; Taylor Shellfish Farms of Shelton, Wash., USA; Thomas Kraft, CEO of Norpac Fisheries Export in Seattle, USA; Victor Hamusa Kargbo, head of fisheries enforcement for the government of Sierra Leone Freetown, Sierra Leone; and Yao Ming, WildAid Ambassador
from Beijing, China.

"This year's Seafood Champion Award winners represent a truly diverse and international group of leaders signaling the tremendous growth in the sustainable seafood movement over the past few years," said Dawn Martin, president of SeaWeb. "Each one of these Champions has a unique and important story to tell of how they came to embracing sustainability as an essential component of their strategy and business plans."

To learn more about past Seafood Champions, click here.

If you have general questions about the Seafood Champions, please email Kirby Rootes-Murdy at krootesmurdy@seaweb.org.

Please direct media inquiries to media@seaweb.org or 301.495.9570.

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