PROGRAM

DAY1
10.8(Tue)
09:45-19:45
9:45-10:00

Opening Remarks

SPEAKER

  • Wakao Hanaoka

    Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd.
    Founder/CEO

    Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd.
    Founder/CEO

    Wakao Hanaoka

    Wakao majored in Marine Environmental Studies and Marine Biology at a university in Florida. After graduation, he worked in marine environmental conservation projects in the Maldives and Malaysia, then spearheaded the Sustainable Seafood Project at Greenpeace Japan in 2007.
    He founded Seafood Legacy in Tokyo in 2015 and assumed the position of CEO. With the purpose of "passing on the abundance of seafood, which symbolizes the connection between nature, society, and the economy of the sea, to future generations (legacy)," he is working on a system shift by connecting diverse stakeholders in the domestic and international seafood industry, financial institutions, governments, NGOs, academia, and media to make seafood products that pursue environmental sustainability and social responsibility mainstream in the distribution of seafood in the Asian region.
    Member, Friends of Ocean Action, World Economic Forum (2021-), Director, Global Fisheries Transparency Coalition (2022-),
    Member, IUU Forum Japan (2017-),
    Member, Pacific Wide Area Fisheries Coordination Committee, Fisheries Agency (2018-).

10:00-11:30
Keynote Speech
1-1

[The Path] Movements in Japan and Asia: Reflecting on the progress to date and setting the roadmap to 2030 - Part1

SPEAKER

  • Teresa Ish

    Walton Family Foundation
    Environment Program
    Senior Program Officer

    Walton Family Foundation
    Environment Program
    Senior Program Officer

    Teresa Ish

    Teresa manages the foundation’s Oceans initiative, which aims to bring fisheries under good management that protects ecosystems and builds economically thriving coastal communities by leveraging the influence of the largest seafood markets.
    Before joining the foundation, Teresa was the seafood project manager for the Corporate Partnerships Program at Environmental Defense Fund, where she worked with leading seafood buyers to develop and implement sustainable seafood purchasing policies. She co-founded FishWise, an early leader in the sustainable seafood movement, and served on its board of directors.
    Teresa has a master’s degree in marine science and joint bachelors in environmental studies and marine biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is in the process of completing a certificate in Corporate Finance at the Harvard Extension School.

  • Rupert Howes

    Marine Stewardship Council
    CEO

    Marine Stewardship Council
    CEO

    Rupert Howes

    Rupert Howes has served as Chief Executive of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) since October 2004. Prior to joining the MSC, Rupert worked as the Director of the Sustainable Economy Programme at the Forum for the Future, an influential UK-based sustainable development organization that partners with business, capital markets, governments, and others to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable way of life. Rupert previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at Sussex University, and a Research Officer at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
    Rupert has been internationally recognized for his work to promote sustainable fishing practices. In 2014, Rupert was awarded a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award, which recognizes leaders in sustainable social innovation. In 2009, he received the World Wildlife Foundation’s “Leaders for a Living Planet” Award, which recognizes individuals who make a significant personal contribution to the conservation of the natural world and sustainable development. He also received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2007 for his contributions in establishing the MSC as the world’s leading fishery certification and ecolabelling program.
    Rupert earned an M.Sc. in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, and a B.A. in Economics (with honors) from Sussex University. He also qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) with KPMG in 1999.

12:00-13:30
Panel Session
1-2

[Markets] Minimize the impact of overfishing and environmental destruction in the seafood market in Japan and Asia: Environmental due diligence approaches and supply chain engagement

Companies are implementing the plan to comply with their sustainable procurement policy to ensure the sustainability of seafood by introducing various tools, including certification schemes. On the other hand, in order for corporate procurement activities to contribute to reducing global overfishing and the impact of the destruction of the marine environment, it is expected that the companies accelerate taking approaches to have effective initiatives based on a medium to long-term perspective and in collaboration with diverse stakeholders. In this session, we will explore the functions of ratings, companies’ voluntary audits, and improvement projects used in the market, in addition to certification schemes, when considering environmental due diligence in the seafood business.

SPEAKER

14:30-16:00
Panel Session
1-3

[Markets] Mitigating IUU risks from the seafood market in Japan and Asia: Establishment of interoperable full-chain traceability and improving transparency

IUU fishing is a common challenge in the international seafood industry. Many measures have been taken so far, such as the establishment of legal frameworks by countries and regions and the introduction of traceability by companies. There are, however, new challenges including the need for interoperable traceability systems across the entire supply chain and discussions on increasing transparency are progressing in the international community. Therefore, in this session (panel), we will examine the ideal form of traceability systems that will be needed in the future, as well as the challenges of achieving interoperability, ensuring transparency, and verifying the collected information, while reviewing the roles of companies and governments.

SPEAKER

  • Robert Johnson

    The Nature Conservancy
    Corporate Engagement
    Senior Corporate Engagement Advisor, Fisheries & Aquaculture

    The Nature Conservancy
    Corporate Engagement
    Senior Corporate Engagement Advisor, Fisheries & Aquaculture

    Robert Johnson

    Rob Johnson is the Senior Corporate Engagement Advisor, Fisheries and Aquaculture at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). He is a knowledgeable seafood sustainability professional that brings together a comprehensive background of business partnership leadership, markets-based sustainable seafood program development, and industry procurement and supply chain management. He has worked with varied market tools for environmental sustainability and social and economic responsibility, with an aim towards building resilience, systems coherence and transformational change.

    Rob has a Master of Science in Natural Resource and Ecosystem Management from Stockholm University, has worked as the Managing Director of Sea Pact, Atlantic Canada lead at SeaChoice, and as an independent consultant. He has further background in high-level negotiation/mediation, collaborative partnerships in coalitions, stakeholder engagement, and is a strong advocate for collaboration and competition drivers of collective action for meaningful sector-wide change.

  • Woojin Chung

    Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF)
    Korea office
    Senior Campaigner

    Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF)
    Korea office
    Senior Campaigner

    Woojin Chung

    Woojin (Kate) leads campaigns in South Korea at the Environmental Justice Foundation to improve transparency, traceability, and human rights protections in the fisheries sector.

    She previously spent 6 years working with the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries where she contributed to fisheries tariff negotiations and economic cooperation before becoming a programme manager of port development aid. As the programme manager, Woojin was responsible for the Ministry’s port construction aid programmes across Asia, Pacific and Africa. Prior to the governmental jobs, she served the nation as Naval officer working for intelligence coordination between Republic of Korea and the U.S Navy for maritime security.

16:30-18:00
Panel Session
1-4

[Markets] Addressing risks of human rights labour rights violation risks in the seafood market in Japan and Asia: Promoting robust human rights due diligence

In recent years, discussions on human rights due diligence have been increasing in Japan and other Asian countries. In Japan, there are already cases in which companies are setting up systems for this. However, discussions about improvements, remediations, and remedies for issues and risks identified through audits and risk assessments are still in the process of development. Therefore, in this session (panel), we will discuss improvements, remediations, and remedies through the supply chain that can be effective in reducing problems and risks at the sea and facilities, and we will also explore the form of "worker-driven social responsibility”.

SPEAKER

  • Jumpei Nagaoka

    Nishimura & Asahi (Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo)
    Lawyer
    Associate

    Nishimura & Asahi (Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo)
    Lawyer
    Associate

    Jumpei Nagaoka

    Based on his experience at Denmark’s national human rights institution, and hands-on practice in Southeast Asia as a commercial lawyer dealing with supply chain legal issues, Jumpei can provide practical advice on human rights due diligence in relation to not only your own operations but also to the entire value chain for your products or services, in accordance with applicable international standards.

    Drawing from his time at civil society organizations in both Japan and the U.S, as well as international human rights research at Columbia, Jumpei can support your journey toward respecting the full range of internationally recognized human rights throughout the value chain, and to promoting meaningful engagement with relevant stakeholders.

  • Mari Satou

    Nichirei Corporation
    Sustainability Management Division
    General Manager

    Nichirei Corporation
    Sustainability Management Division
    General Manager

    Mari Satou

    Belonged to Strategic Planning Division, Nichirei Fresh, Inc. till 2018. Transferred to Nichirei Corporation in 2019, since then led to build an organization for sustainability management as well as have involved strategic planning and implement of sustainability for the Nichirei Group. One of KPIs for our Materiality toward 2030 is to conduct human rights due diligence, and we are working on it.

18:15-19:45

Special Reception to Celebrate the 10th TSSS

DAY2
10.9(Wed)
10:00-18:00
10:00-11:30
Keynote Speech
2-1

[The Path] Movements in Japan and Asia: Reflecting on the progress to date and setting the roadmap to 2030 - Part2

SPEAKER

  • Sarah Hogan

    The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
    Interim Director and Program Officer, Ocean Initiative

    The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
    Interim Director and Program Officer, Ocean Initiative

    Sarah Hogan

    Sarah Hogan is the interim Ocean Director for the Packard Foundation’s Ocean Initiative, a 10-year initiative that aims to protect and restore ocean ecosystems for people and nature now and in the future.
    Sarah also serves as a Program Officer for the Foundation’s Global Fisheries portfolio, which supports work to shift policies, practices, and incentives to reinforce a more equitable, sustainable seafood sector where fishers and fish workers have secure livelihoods, decent work, and food security, and where IUU fishing and human rights abuses are ended in the seafood sector.
    Sarah has worked at the Packard Foundation since 2007.

  • Takeshi Mori

    Fisheries Agency of Japan
    Director-General

    Fisheries Agency of Japan
    Director-General

    Takeshi Mori

    Mori Takeshi joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 1987. Since then, he has served as the Director of Fisheries Policy Planning Division, Director-General of Fisheries Policy Planning Department, Director-General of Livestock Industry Bureau, and Director-General of Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau. He is currently the Director-General of the Fisheries Agency since July 2023.

12:00-13:30
Panel Session
2-2

[Production] Where is Japan's seafood industry heading?

Five years have passed since the new Fisheries Law was enacted for the sustainable utilization of seafood resources. What are the challenges and signs of recovery that have emerged for Japan's fisheries resources, seafood industry, and local communities amidst the drastic changes in the marine environment? We will set a roadmap to 2030, focusing on the marine environment, resource management, sustainability of fisheries and fishing villages, and the pursuit of transparency.

SPEAKER

  • Wakao Hanaoka

    Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd.
    Founder/CEO

    Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd.
    Founder/CEO

    Wakao Hanaoka

    Wakao majored in Marine Environmental Studies and Marine Biology at a university in Florida. After graduation, he worked in marine environmental conservation projects in the Maldives and Malaysia, then spearheaded the Sustainable Seafood Project at Greenpeace Japan in 2007.
    He founded Seafood Legacy in Tokyo in 2015 and assumed the position of CEO. With the purpose of "passing on the abundance of seafood, which symbolizes the connection between nature, society, and the economy of the sea, to future generations (legacy)," he is working on a system shift by connecting diverse stakeholders in the domestic and international seafood industry, financial institutions, governments, NGOs, academia, and media to make seafood products that pursue environmental sustainability and social responsibility mainstream in the distribution of seafood in the Asian region.
    Member, Friends of Ocean Action, World Economic Forum (2021-), Director, Global Fisheries Transparency Coalition (2022-),
    Member, IUU Forum Japan (2017-),
    Member, Pacific Wide Area Fisheries Coordination Committee, Fisheries Agency (2018-).

14:30-16:00
Panel Session
2-3

[Production] Contributing to Achieve Nature Positive and International Food Security through Japanese and Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture: Eliminating IUU Fishing and Labor Human Rights Violations

Two years have passed since Japan became the first Asian country to enact a law to prevent IUU fishery-origin seafood from entering the market. Are the seafood markets in Japan and the Asian region protecting honest fishermen from unfair price competition? Are they protecting the human rights of workers in the supply chain? In order to design a production system that meets international demand, we will assess the current status and future of IUU fishing and human rights violation countermeasures in Japan, Asia, and the rest of the world.

16:30-18:00
Panel Session
2-4

[Production] Building a production, processing, and export system in Japan and Asia to participate in the growing sustainable seafood market

The pursuit of environmental sustainability and social responsibility is becoming a requirement for entering the growing global seafood market. We will discuss the establishment of responsible production, processing, and export systems in Japan and the Asian region to enter this growing market.

SPEAKER

  • Michael McNicholas

    Culinary Collaborations LLC
    Managing Director/CEO

    Culinary Collaborations LLC
    Managing Director/CEO

    Michael McNicholas

    Michael is the founder and CEO of Culinary Collaborations LLC, a company of passionate specialists seeking to enrich society through food.
    Japan is CCL’s most important source of seafood ingredients and imports more than $20 million annually.
    Michael's unwavering commitment to food safety is evident in his leadership at CCL. Under his guidance, CCL has achieved GFSI certification and MSC/ASC Chain Of Custody certification. His dedication has also inspired their Japan supply chain to GFSI and GSSI certifications, ensuring that the product meets the highest standards of safety and quality recognizable in the North American market.
    He serves as Chairman of the Board for the Global Dialog on Seafood Traceability(GDST). He is the Founding Chairman of the National Fishery Institute’s Sushi Council, a pre-competitive organization created in 2023 to address the needs of the fast-growing sushi industry in North America.

  • Francisco Aldon

    MarinTrust
    CEO

    MarinTrust
    CEO

    Francisco Aldon

    Francisco has been with MarinTrust, the leading Certification Program for Marine Ingredients, from its early development within IFFO (the marine ingredients organisation), to becoming the CEO of MarinTrust in 2020. With over 15 years of experience in the food sector, specialising in marine ingredients, Francisco has unique expertise in responsible sourcing, sustainable production practices, and digital traceability in the marine ingredient supply chain. This expertise led him to join the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) Supervisory Board, while also contributing to the Technical Committee shaping the GSA Seafood Processing Standard. Since 2014, Francisco has also been focused on fisheries for reduction in South East Asia and Latin America through the MarinTrust Improver Programme, resulting in positive changes at the legislative level of previously struggling fisheries. All of this is part of his overall mission of cementing the future of marine ingredients as vital and sustainable sources of nutrition for the world.
    Francisco holds a MSc in Fisheries Engineering from UNALM (Peru) and a MSc in Marine Ecology and Environmental Management from Queen Mary University (London).

  • Hisashi Kume

    Azuma Foods Co.,Ltd.
    Sales Division Tokyo branch
    Tokyo branch manager

    Azuma Foods Co.,Ltd.
    Sales Division Tokyo branch
    Tokyo branch manager

    Hisashi Kume

    Joined Azuma Foods International Inc., U.S.A in 1998, and after gaining sales experience in the United States, I was transferred to the overseas business department at the Japan headquarters, where I was in charge of the Southeast Asian region. At the beginning of market development, I worked on development from scratch and realized the importance of raw material sources, which are a prerequisite for manufacturing. Currently, I am trying to feed back the overseas sales experience I have cultivated to the domestic market.

  • Mandy Wong

    Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition
    Secretariat

    Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition
    Secretariat

    Mandy Wong

    Mandy supports the industry-led Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition as the Secretariat and oversees Choose Right Today, a consumer-facing sustainable seafood initiative under the ADM Capital Foundation. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of Glasgow and pursued a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of Hong Kong. She is dedicated to promoting seafood sustainability among corporates and the public, and mainstreaming sustainable seafood in local and regional markets.

    She also supports marine conservation through market surveys and education. Growing up in Hong Kong, a global seafood trade hub, Mandy has the privilege of accessing a great variety of seafood from different parts of the world. She not only enjoys seafood but also treasures marine life and resources. Mandy believes every person plays an important role in driving seafood sustainability.

  • Shigeru Asaumi

    FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Aquaculture Business Support & Development Office Marine Electronic Products Division
    Head

    FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Aquaculture Business Support & Development Office Marine Electronic Products Division
    Head

    Shigeru Asaumi

    Joined Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. in 1990. Served as a field engineer in technical services, traveling around domestic and international markets. After working in sales and product planning roles, assumed current position in 2021.

DAY3
10.10(Thu)
10:00-18:15
10:00-11:30
Keynote Speech
3-1

[The Path] Movements in Japan and Asia: Reflecting on the progress to date and setting the roadmap to 2030 - Part3

SPEAKER

  • Tom Pickerell

    World Resources Institute
    Ocean Program
    Global Dirvector

    World Resources Institute
    Ocean Program
    Global Dirvector

    Tom Pickerell

    Dr. Tom Pickerell is a marine biologist with over 20 years’ experience in ocean sustainability, including fisheries and aquaculture, climate change impacts and policy development.
    Tom has held a variety of roles in the third sector (including at Pew, WWF-UK, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program), has worked in UK government, and led the development of two pre-competitive collaborations working on tuna and pelagic fisheries.
    Tom has a degree in Marine Biology, a master’s degree in Analytical Biology, and a Ph.D. in shellfish genetics.

  • Chris Ninnes

    Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)
    CEO

    Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)
    CEO

    Chris Ninnes

    Chris was appointed CEO of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) in 2011 and has driven worldwide growth and recognition of the certification label as the organisation continues to set the standard for responsible seafood.
    In addition to qualifications in marine biology and fisheries management, Chris has a wealth of experience in the seafood industry ranging from being a commercial inshore fisherman to holding CEO and Chairman roles in industry-leading organisations.
    Chris is Chairman of the Global Shrimp Forum Foundation and is Chair of the Steering Committee of the Certifications and Ratings Collaboration; positions he has held since their inception in 2021 and 2015 respectively.
    He will step down from the ISEAL board this year after a six-year tenure as Chair. He also continues to engage with the Blue Foods Partnership initiative, a programme of the World Economic Forum, where he chaired the technical working group that developed their Aquaculture Roadmap.
    Before joining the ASC, Chris was Deputy CEO and Director of Operations at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) from 2006 to 2011, where he led the expansion of the MSC’s technical and commercial work.
    From 2003 to 2006 Chris was Vice President of MRAG Americas, which followed his appointment as Technical Director for MRAG Ltd from 1996 until 2002. Chris worked for the UK Department for International Development from 1983 to 2002 where he advised on seafood industry development issues in Africa and the Caribbean.

12:00-13:30
Panel Session
3-2

[Finance] Attracting ESG investment and financing for sustainable growth in the seafood industry: Establishment of due diligence system and disclosure movement in environmental and human rights

Responsible investment and sustainability finance in the seafood sector are showing signs of activity in Japan as well. We will learn about the forms of due diligence and disclosure that the world's leading financial institutions are now demanding from seafood companies, and discuss the financing necessary for the sustainable growth of the seafood industry in Japan and the Asian region.

14:30-16:00
Panel Session
3-3

[Finance] Blue finance: Engagement with seafood companies by financial sector

The global seafood industry still faces several risks that threaten responsible businesses, including overfishing, IUU fishing, labor rights abuses, and the loss of biodiversity. Following the TSSS2023, this session will focus on investor engagement and joint engagement to address these issues and discuss forms of collaboration between financial institutions and seafood business companies in Japan and Asia.

16:30-18:00
Panel Session
3-4

[Design] Summary: Mapping the path to the 2030 goal of "Win the Mainstream" with sustainable seafood

As the world faces severe food shortages, there is hope through sustainable seafood. To begin with, marine ecosystems and seafood resources are the property of all humankind and are borrowed from future generations. We will design a future model of multi-stakeholder collaboration in Japan and the Asian region that is necessary to realize nature positivity in the seafood industry.

SPEAKER

  • Masanori Miyahara

    Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
    President of Yorozu Fisheries Advisory Office afc.masa

    Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
    President of Yorozu Fisheries Advisory Office afc.masa

    Masanori Miyahara

    He worked for the Fisheries Agency for 37 years until 2014, followed by 7 years as President of the Fisheries Research and Education Organization, leaving in 2021.
    In his late 20s, he studied at Duke University in the U.S. and was involved in many international negotiations, especially chairing international conferences related to bluefin tuna. He is currently the chair of the Northern Committee for Pacific Bluefin Tuna of the Midwest Pacific Tuna Conservation Commission. He also served as the leader of the Fisheries Agency's recovery team from the Great East Japan Earthquake, covering everything from rescue activities to the restoration of the fisheries industry.
    Currently, as the president of afc.masa, he travels around Japan and abroad to provide consultation on various issues related to the seafood industry.

  • Wakao Hanaoka

    Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd.
    Founder/CEO

    Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd.
    Founder/CEO

    Wakao Hanaoka

    Wakao majored in Marine Environmental Studies and Marine Biology at a university in Florida. After graduation, he worked in marine environmental conservation projects in the Maldives and Malaysia, then spearheaded the Sustainable Seafood Project at Greenpeace Japan in 2007.
    He founded Seafood Legacy in Tokyo in 2015 and assumed the position of CEO. With the purpose of "passing on the abundance of seafood, which symbolizes the connection between nature, society, and the economy of the sea, to future generations (legacy)," he is working on a system shift by connecting diverse stakeholders in the domestic and international seafood industry, financial institutions, governments, NGOs, academia, and media to make seafood products that pursue environmental sustainability and social responsibility mainstream in the distribution of seafood in the Asian region.
    Member, Friends of Ocean Action, World Economic Forum (2021-), Director, Global Fisheries Transparency Coalition (2022-),
    Member, IUU Forum Japan (2017-),
    Member, Pacific Wide Area Fisheries Coordination Committee, Fisheries Agency (2018-).

  • Fenjie Chen

    Environmental Defense Fund Japan
    Climate Resilient Fisheries and Oceans, Japan
    Senior Manager

    Environmental Defense Fund Japan
    Climate Resilient Fisheries and Oceans, Japan
    Senior Manager

    Fenjie Chen

    As the Senior Manager and on-the-ground representative for the EDF Japan Ocean and Fisheries team, Fenjie works with NGOs, government agencies, fishery stakeholders, and research institutes to identify and overcome challenges to the implementation of sustainable fisheries and fisheries reform in Japan. In addition, he partners with local fisheries stakeholders directly to build climate-resilient fisheries management through fostering transboundary dialogues, enhancing scientific understanding, especially at the ground level, and applying local and international lessons and best practices. Fenjie provides day-to-day supervision of the EDF Japan Ocean and Fisheries work and maintains close communication between EDF Japan and the US. Before joining EDF Japan, Fenjie worked for Ocean Outcomes (O2) for more than five years, focusing on fisheries improvement and seafood sustainability evaluations in North Asia (mainly China, Taiwan, and Japan). Fenjie is also a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) accredited technician and auditor.

  • Kohei Yagita

    SEVEN-ELEVEN JAPAN CO.,LTD.
    Products Division, Rice & Noodles Department
    Chief Merchandiser

    SEVEN-ELEVEN JAPAN CO.,LTD.
    Products Division, Rice & Noodles Department
    Chief Merchandiser

    Kohei Yagita

    Joined Seven-Eleven Japan in 2005. After working as a store management consultant, transitioned to the product department in 2013. Responsible for procuring seafood raw materials and managing environmental measures within the product division. In 2021, appointed as the sub-leader of the Plastic Countermeasure Subcommittee for the Environmental Committee at Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. Currently serves as the Chief Merchandiser for the core product categories of rice and noodles.

18:00-18:15

Closing Remarks

SPEAKER

  • Wakao Hanaoka

    Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd.
    Founder/CEO

    Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd.
    Founder/CEO

    Wakao Hanaoka

    Wakao majored in Marine Environmental Studies and Marine Biology at a university in Florida. After graduation, he worked in marine environmental conservation projects in the Maldives and Malaysia, then spearheaded the Sustainable Seafood Project at Greenpeace Japan in 2007.
    He founded Seafood Legacy in Tokyo in 2015 and assumed the position of CEO. With the purpose of "passing on the abundance of seafood, which symbolizes the connection between nature, society, and the economy of the sea, to future generations (legacy)," he is working on a system shift by connecting diverse stakeholders in the domestic and international seafood industry, financial institutions, governments, NGOs, academia, and media to make seafood products that pursue environmental sustainability and social responsibility mainstream in the distribution of seafood in the Asian region.
    Member, Friends of Ocean Action, World Economic Forum (2021-), Director, Global Fisheries Transparency Coalition (2022-),
    Member, IUU Forum Japan (2017-),
    Member, Pacific Wide Area Fisheries Coordination Committee, Fisheries Agency (2018-).

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