Monday, July 25, 2016


Four years of blogging about the vast complex environmental and socio-economic aspects associated with advancing sustainable seafood production has been an unprecedented dynamic learning experience for Sea Port.  Now is the perfect time for Sea Port to pause, analyze, and to highlight the four main blog takeaways from the past four years that have stood out to us the most. While the following four selected highlights are conclusory, speculative, and prospective in nature, Sea Port’s steadfast blog message throughout the entire past four years has always been a simple one:  By increasing our consumption of sustainably produced seafood from wild fisheries and aquaculture we will advance the entire health of our beautiful blue planet and that of our personal health and wellbeing.

Four Standout Blog Takeaways from the Past 4 Years:

1.    There is now a greater worldwide consensus that the Earth is in a new epoch called the Anthropocene in which humans are causing climate change, ocean acidification, destructive pollution, and habitat changes that are now becoming major challenges to achieving sustainable wild fisheries and aquaculture.  This new consensus is a very positive development because it is creating a united global effort to confront these negative consequences of humanity’s remarkably successful journey through history to become Earth’s most dominant inhabitant. 

2.    The explosion in global communication, driven primarily by the exponential growth of the internet and cellular networks, has enabled the instantaneous sharing of fishery science data and technological advancements.  This has resulted in rapid sustainability improvements in both wild fisheries and aquaculture on a global basis. What you cannot measure you cannot improve and this is being addressed by the rapid development of high-tech sensors that can measure a myriad of physical, chemical, visual, and biological variables in real-time. These sensors will transform responsible management practices for both wild fisheries and aquaculture going forward.

3.    The loss of global biodiversity and natural habitats must be halted in order to safeguard the creative adaptive capacity of Mother Nature that ensures that our productive natural resources will always continue to have the resiliency to provide for our long-term survival.

4.    Sustainable food production, whether from the wild or farms, requires the responsible management of limited natural resources and physical spaces in order to achieve the maximum sustainable yield of food from our finite planet.  World human population, as it expands toward 10 billion by the year 2050, may likewise require proactive responsible management efforts to achieve the maximum sustainable yield in terms of the actual human numbers that can inhabit our Earth on a sustainable basis.

Conclusion:  The consensus at Sea Port is that the color blue is the color of optimism and that therefore our Earth is the epitome of such.  It is with this strong belief that Sea Port enthusiastically looks forward to sharing many more blogs that highlight and champion the responsible stewardship of all the precious aquatic resources of our wondrous blue planet. 
  

Sincerely, Dave Glaubke

Director of Sustainability Initiatives – Sea Port Products

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Optimism for the Blue Revolution of Aquaculture as Our World Population Advances toward 10 Billion

Premises and facts: 

     Food is humanity’s most precious substance because without it we simply cease to exist.  Sustainability is most simply defined as making sure future generations can produce enough food to survive.

     Ten Thousand years ago was the birth of agriculture and the beginning of the human race’s dramatic journey toward the year 2050 at which time we will most likely have 10 Billion of us living on this Blue Planet. Our unique ability to ever-increase our food production capabilities, our technologies, and our human population all make this 2050 destination a firm possibility.

     Humans have maximized all the available land for both crop and livestock production and by doing so have displaced or eliminated the vast majority of Earth’s wild land animals and plants and caused a multitude of environmental issues. Since ten thousand years ago, we have increased our world population from about ten million to over seven Billion.  During this short time span, we have created major environmental negative consequences that today are finally being recognized and confronted by the nations of the world.  This growing consensus is exemplified by the historic Paris Agreement COP21 that was signed in December of 2015 to decrease global warming (climate change) by agreeing to decrease our atmospheric emissions of CO2.

Conclusions:

     Agriculture, energy production, population increase and the other multiple emitters of CO2 have all been the main drivers of human advancement, but they have also produced the negative environmental consequences that we are attempting to confront today.

Optimism:

      By advancing the Blue Revolution , which is producing food from aquaculture, we will reduce our CO2 emissions and become more efficient users of our Earth’s natural resources.  In doing so, we can better accomplish the simple definition of Sustainability: making sure future generations can produce enough food to survive.


Sincerely, Dave Glaubke – Director of Sustainability Initiatives – Sea Port Products Corp.

Monday, June 27, 2016

NOAA’s Proposed Trusted Trader Program to Streamline their Upcoming Seafood Import Monitoring Program for Species at Risk for IUU Fishing and Fraud, Should Qualify all Aquaculture and all Countries and RFMOs That have Responsible Wild Fisheries Management Schemes in Place.

·         Over half of the world’s production of seafood now comes from aquaculture and there is negligible IUU fishing associated with this fastest growing animal protein production system. Therefore, farm raised seafood suppliers should automatically be given Trusted Trader status.

·         Entire Countries and RFMOs that have proven that they have responsible wild fishery management schemes in place should be given Trusted Trader status.  Examples:  Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, and Canada.

·         Sea Port views S.E. Asia, China, India, and Africa as the primary producers of wild fisheries that have very poor or nonexistent responsible fisheries management schemes.  NOAA’s limited time, energy, and funds should be specifically focused on these regions of the world.

In short, the Trusted Trader Program should, by default, be given to all aquaculture producers and to any country or RFMO that has demonstrated responsible wild fisheries management capabilities.

In contrast, S.E. Asia, India, Africa, and China are monster problems when it comes to IUU fishing and they are in their infancy in implementing sustainable ocean policies and schemes that protect, conserve, and sustainably harvest wild food from our one world ocean.  Focusing on the wild fisheries in these regions of the world is more than appropriate while burdening aquaculture and responsible countries and RFMOs is more than inappropriate.

NOAA’s Trusted Trader Program needs to trust that aquaculture is essentially free of IUU and that the responsibly managed wild fisheries of the world are too.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

 Earth Day is April 22nd 

Celebrate
The one and only
Beautiful
72% Blue

Know
The one and only
Beautiful
72% Blue

Protect
The one and only
Beautiful
72% Blue

cherish forever
The one and only
Beautiful
72% Blue


Go Blue! For Our Environment – For Sustainability – For Our Health

 For Our Earth

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.


Sincerely,

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.

Auditing

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.