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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Urban Aquaculture Blog Revisited

 Aquaculture, not the Internet, represents the most promising investment opportunity of the 21st Century,”
Peter Drucker, Economist and Nobel Laureate

Sea Port’s Prediction:  By 2050, cities will be producing aquatic animals, plants, and algae for food by integrating intensive aquaculture production systems into their water/waste management infrastructures.

This prediction was the focal point of Sea Port’s blog back in October of 2012 entitled “Urban Aquaculture in 2050”.

In revisiting this blog, it has occurred to me that since 2012, several developments both environmentally and technologically may have added support to this ongoing prediction.

·         Atmospheric CO2 concentrations have surpassed the 400 ppm mark and our oceans are becoming more acidic which may harm wild fisheries and bring even greater pressure on closed system aquaculture to provide us with seafood.

·         RAS, Recirculating Aquaculture Systems, are advancing rapidly with success stories emerging every day for species such as salmon, shrimp, and tilapia.  In addition, the field of aquaponics is making great strides as well as the development of highly nutritious and sustainable aquaculture feed formulations.

·         Predictions of rising sea levels and increases in severe weather patterns may favor inland RAS aquaculture over the harvest of wild fisheries that may become more dangerous to the fishers and their vessels.  In addition, the costs to maintain port infrastructures could soar with rising sea levels.

·         The warming of our oceans and the resulting change in existing ocean current patterns and phytoplankton productivity/composition could severely curtail our ability to predictively manage wild fisheries.  This would further drive us to RAS aquaculture where we could better control inputs, outputs, and the finished edible products.

Peter Drucker’s prediction at the beginning of this blog should be modified to say that aquaculture would also be a necessity for the 21st Century.  This is Sea Port’s perspective and we continue to believe that urban aquaculture will eventually play a critical role in providing healthy seafood in a world that is constantly changing environmentally, economically, and technologically.


David Glaubke, Director of Sustainability Initiatives 

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Human Factor:  The Essential Component of Seafood Sustainability

Effective on January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 required retailers and manufacturers doing business in California to disclose efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from its direct supply chain. The following is Sea Port's required disclosure under this Act:

Risk Assessments

Sea Port Products Corporation performs preliminary risk assessments of all its suppliers for both farmed and wild caught seafood to determine the level of risk associated with slavery, human trafficking, child labor, and other unfair labor practices in their supply chains. In addition, Sea Port requires all suppliers to sign our SUPPLIER ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF ADHERENCE TO SEA PORT'S FAIR LABOR PRACTICES CORPORATE POLICY. To further combat potential lack of transparency in the seafood labor supply chain, Sea Port requires all our suppliers to sign our TRACEABILITY DECLARATION FOR WILD CAUGHT AND FARM RAISED SEAFOOD.


Sea Port performs ongoing internal audits of all our suppliers that include both food safety and all the elements of social responsibility.

Certification Requirements

Sea Port supports certification bodies within the seafood industry that are working diligently to incorporate antislavery and fair labor standards for both wild caught and farmed seafood. This will further drive our global seafood supply chains toward becoming more transparent and free from labor abuses.

Internal Accountability

Sea Port is committed to the highest level of ethical conduct in the seafood industry that drives the responsible stewardship of our environment and the expansion of social equity in the global seafood supply chain. All of Sea Port’s employees and suppliers must adhere to our fair labor practices corporate policy that requires compliance with all labor laws, including laws addressing slavery and human trafficking both at home and abroad. Non-adherence to our policy by our employees may result in disciplinary action or termination. Violations by our suppliers will result in dismissal unless corrective action is immediately implemented.

Employee Training

Sea Port's ongoing employee education and training programs help ensure that everyone at Sea Port is aware of our responsible supply chain management principles regarding slavery, human trafficking, child labor, and other unfair labor practices. This awareness will work to quickly identify and initiate corrective actions as mandated by Sea Port's Fair Labor Practices Corporate Policy.

In summary:  Advancing human equity and both the sanctity of the universality and the inalienability of human rights is a key part of Sea Port's Go Blue! Seafood Sustainability Goals.

It is absolutely critical, going forward, that the entire seafood industry assures that the current global seafood labor skill sets are not lost, but are effectively passed on to the next generation of workers that will drive growth.  Having fair and equitable labor practices will make this generational transfer of seafood skills possible by assuring that the "Human Factor" remains an essential component of seafood sustainability.

Sincerely, Dave Glaubke
Director of Sustainability

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Happy Birthday to Both Sea Port and the Magnuson-Stevens Act!

This year Sea Port celebrates its 35th birthday along with the 40th birthday of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and we undoubtedly share a common birthday wish that our ocean resources will provide current and future generations with abundant seafood from both wild fisheries and aquaculture.

Sea Port’s viewpoint is that achieving sustainable seafood from both wild fisheries and aquaculture is a perpetual pursuit rather than a static endpoint because human population and economic changes impact our marine resources along with naturally occurring environmental changes that have nothing to do with human actions. Because of this, both Sea Port and Magnuson must always work with the best available scientific facts and forgo emotional responses.

With this perspective, both Sea Port and the Magnuson-Stevens Act must be able to evolve and adapt to current and foreseen changes that will negatively affect our ability to make sure that our country always has enough seafood to maintain and improve the health of our citizens.

The following changes and potential changes are a few of the possible drivers that will spur us to evolve and adapt our wild fishery and aquaculture practices going forward:

·         Increasing ocean acidification
·         Increasing pollution from municipal, industrial, and agricultural sources, and plastics
·         Increasing world population
·         Increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration
·         Increasing ocean temperatures
·         Increasing atmospheric temperatures
·         Increasing toxic algae blooms
·         Increasing sea levels
·         Increasing loss of productive coastal marshlands, estuaries, and mangrove forests
·         Increasing demand for seafood
·         Increasing demand for freshwater
·         Increasing changes of weather patterns and intensity of storms

The notable birthdays of both Sea Port and the Magnuson-Stevens Act are definitely worthy of celebration.  However, birthdays are also a launching pad toward a brighter future, a future in which both Sea Port and the Magnuson-Stevens Act will adapt and evolve in our shared perpetual pursuit to sustainably maximize the bounty of our wondrous oceans for current and future generations.

Happy Birthday and Many More!

Sincerely, David Glaubke

Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Sea Port Products Corp.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Rising Sea Level Predictions Should Spur a Global Initiative to Start Planning Now for ways to Protect the Productivity of our Precious Marine Coastal and Estuarine Habitats from the Coming Rising Tide

Sea Port’s business survival is dependent upon productive and sustainable wild fisheries and aquaculture.  With the warming of our oceans there will come a myriad of disruptions that the seafood industry will most likely take in stride and find creative ways to adapt.

However, the disruption caused by a possible rising sea level due to global warming may
present the most difficult challenge to adapt to without incurring a tremendous loss of property
and social stability within our global seafood industry and beyond.

Even though sea level rising predictions vary widely between 1-4 feet by the end of the century, it is
nevertheless prudent to plan now for this risk to our seafood industry and indeed the entire world.

World governments should all work together now to proactively
confront this possible rising tide by:

• Establishing global land use planning initiatives that create undeveloped natural buffer
   zones along coastlines, estuaries, and low- lying salt marshes that are currently still
   undeveloped and underdeveloped 

• Establishing comprehensive global fallback plans for relocating infrastructure that is currently
  entrenched on or near coastlines and estuaries such as ports, farms, manufacturing, power
  generation, and all the other structures associated with functioning urban areas

• Establishing flexible fishery management plans that can react accordingly
   in the face of rising sea levels and the transformation of river systems

In Short:  If the 1-4 foot sea level rise does not actually ever happen, it is still in the world’s
best interest to establish commonly agreed upon comprehensive plans now that protect our Earth's precious coastlines and estuaries from further degradation due to poor spatial planning and poor ecological understanding of their vital roles in keeping both wild fisheries and aquaculture
productive and sustainable for future generations.

Sincerely, Dave Glaubke
Sea Port’s Director of Sustainability Initiatives

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The growing amount of Plastic pollution in our oceans will outweigh the entire ocean fish biomass by the year 2050!

During this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, a report was released by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation that stated there will be more plastic pollution than fish in terms of weight in the world's oceans by 2050!

This possibility is tremendously disconcerting to Sea Port because such a massive mix of slowly decomposing plastic compounds in our oceans may have negative consequences along the entire marine food chain.  From a precautionary perspective, the seafood industry should add the issue of oceanic plastic pollution to the other ocean health issues of our time such as ocean warming, acidification, and overfishing. The seafood industry depends upon healthy and productive marine ecosystems and we need to be vigilant to all the threats that may jeopardize our long-term business viability.   

Sea Port concurs with the MacArthur report that by transforming to a “circular economy” we will help reduce plastic ocean pollution (along with many other sources of pollution).  Sea Port foresees that this economic transformation will actually be greatly aided by the projection that by the year 2050 over seventy percent of us will be concentrated in large cities.  Sea Port believes that this will allow economically efficient hyper-recycling of the majority of the resources used to advance and maintain our modern societies. By the year 2050, we therefore predict that there will be very little plastic waste entering our precious and productive aquatic ecosystems due to hyper-recycling in this new coming circular economic paradigm.

Please review Sea Port’s past blog post regarding our viewpoint on hyper-recycling:

Sea Port believes that protecting the productive capacities of our global aquatic ecosystems from all potential threats is essential for assuring our wellbeing going forward as our world population swells to 10 billion by the year 2050.

David Glaubke, Director of Sustainability Initiatives
Sea Port Products

Thursday, January 7, 2016

“20 by 20” Seafood Campaign

This January’s release of the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans will greatly encourage increased seafood consumption in the coming New Year!

Sea Port is looking forward to a very bright New Year for seafood consumption in the United States due to the release on January 7th of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Never before has our U.S. government so strongly encouraged the increased consumption of seafood by directing that Americans replace servings of beef, pork, and other terrestrially produced animal proteins with seafood to bring the consumption level of seafood up to the recommended frequency of at least two times per week.

The serving of seafood at least twice a week (approximately 8-12 ounces total) to obtain unique essential nutrients such as omega 3s is now recommended for the majority of Americans and for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.  Currently this level of seafood consumption is only being practiced by 10% of Americans (across all age-sex groups).  This needs to change!

Sea Port will strongly support the new dietary guidelines as we work diligently to gain the support of both our customers and suppliers to join our “20 by 20” Seafood Campaign to bring our per capita seafood consumption up to 20 pounds (currently around 14.6) by the year 2020.  This can be quickly accomplished if we all simply followed the new guidelines!

Please join our “20 by 20” initiative in the coming New Year as we all promote the new guidelines to help advance both the health of our nation and the health of our beautiful blue planet.

Happy New Year!

Sincerely, Dave