On February 18, 2019, WWF-Mexico hosted its first Sustainable Seafood Roundtable. The event, held at the Hyatt Regency in Mexico City, brought together representatives from across the full seafood supply chain, from fishermen to distributors, and end-market buyers such as Hyatt, Hilton, and Iberostar hospitality groups to explore the opportunities for, and barriers to, sourcing sustainable, responsible seafood in Mexico. The day-long event included informative sessions on Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) and FisheryProgress.org as a platform for the tracking and reporting of fishery improvement efforts; presentations given by FIP implementers in Mexico on the progress of their projects; a session on financing and blue economy; as well as two interactive Supplier and Buyer panels where industry representatives shared their experiences, challenges and successes. Through this Roundtable, WWF-Mexico brought together a diverse group working in the seafood industry to get ‘back to the basics’ of what environmentally sustainable, responsible seafood production looks like; what fishery improvement efforts are being made in Mexico and where; and how industry can come together to support continued environmentally sustainable growth in this market.
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