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Boston Asian American Film Festival preview party 10/5, festival 10/19-22

Boston Asian American Film Festival (October 19th – 22rd, 2017) Announces 2017 Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece Films with Full Lineup
Featuring The Jade Pendant, Resistance at Tule LakeGook and a panel “Beyond Orientalism”

BOSTON, MA [September 28, 2017] – The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF), a production of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW), announces a provocative and entertaining program of independent cinema highlighting recent, significant works by and/or about Asian  and the Asian diaspora. The festival theme this year is Liberty & Justicea showcase of inspiring stories about the challenges and victories of self-empowerment and civic responsibility as individuals and community leaders. .
The theme of Liberty & Justice is especially relevant in our changing world--locally, nationally, and globally. The anchor films for the festival commemorates the 135th anniversary of the passing of The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066--led to the mass incarceration of Americans of Japanese descent in 1942, and the 25th anniversary of the LA Uprising following the Rodney King verdict in 1992.

BAAFF’s hope is to reflect, learn from, and move towards a more free and just society for all Americans, regardless of race, background, citizenship status, gender, class, and/or other intersecting identities. Together, as friends, citizens, and neighbors, we are calling to protect and preserve liberty and justice for all.

BAAFF 2017 features over 30 films
This year, the festival takes place October 19-22, 2017 in Boston at ArtsEmerson’s Bright Family Screening Room in the Paramount Center and in Cambridge at the Brattle Theatre. 

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) is pleased to announce the 2017 festival will open with a New England Premiere – a special presentation of The Jade Pendant. 
Filmed in Utah, “The Jade Pendant” is directed by Hong Kong veteran Leong Po-Chih (“The Detonator,” “Out of Reach”) and follows the journey of a young girl who, fleeing an arranged marriage in China, finds herself on American shores. Her tragic love story is set against the 1871 burning of Chinatown in Los Angeles and the largest mass lynching in American history. The film is targeted to release theatrically October 24, on the anniversary of the Chinese Massacre of 1871. The opening film will screen at 7:30PM on Thursday, October 19th at the Brattle Theatre40 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA.

The festival’s centerpiece film will feature Resistance at Tule Lake, directed by filmmakerKonrad Aderer.
 Resistance at Tule Lake tells the long-suppressed story of 12,000 Japanese Americans who dared to resist the U.S. government's program of mass incarceration during World War II. Branded as 'disloyals' and re-imprisoned at Tule Lake Segregation Center, they continued to protest in the face of militarized violence, and thousands renounced their U.S. citizenship. Giving voice to experiences that have been marginalized for over 70 years, this documentary challenges the nationalist, one-sided ideal of wartime 'loyalty.' Director Konrad Aderer will be present for this screening on Saturday, October 21 at 6:30pm at the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St, Boston, MA.

The Boston Asian American Film Festival will close with the film Gook, a narrative film by independent filmmaker and actor, Justin Chon. Gook follows two Korean American brothers, Eli and Daniel, who own a struggling shoe store. Set during the first day of the LA Riots, the film follows their unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamila and the reality of defending their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family. Gook has won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and premiered in Boston at the Independent Film Festival of Boston. ProducerJames Yi will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A, Sunday, October 22nd at 5:30pm, Paramount Center.

Also, on Saturday October 21st, there will be a free panel discussion and featured performance by Flying Orb (Lowell, MA), 
Beyond Orientalism: The Boston Forum. Presented by New England Foundation for the Arts, Saturday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m, Paramount Center.Beyond Orientalism is a national initiative to explore the topics of misrepresentation onstage and in the media, diversity and inclusivity in the performing arts as it relates specifically to API (Asian Pacific Islander) issues, and practical action steps to advance racial equity. This event will be a launch for the first network of API artists and arts organizations in the Greater Boston area. The event will be livestreamed on the HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv.
 
Photography opportunities will take place prior to each screening, and following most screening there will be a conversation/Q&A with film talent in attendance. 

For more information including the full line up, please visit: 
www.baaff.org or www.facebook.com/baaff
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The Boston Asian American Film Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors and partners: ArtsEmerson, Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW), Tufts Medical Center, South Cove Community Health Center, PAO Arts Center, Sampan, Boston Cultural Council.This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.
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About Boston Asian American Film Festival
The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. BAAFF is a production of Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW).

About Asian American Resource Workshop
The mission of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) is to work for the empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community to achieve its full participation in the U.S. society. AARW is a member-based organization that seeks to document the diverse Asian Pacific American histories, experiences, and social conditions. Our resource and activities are used to respond to current Asian Pacific American issues and to promote Asian Pacific American identity.
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Save the date for BAAFF OCTOBER 19-22

Join BAAFF on October 19-22 to enjoy a wide range of short films, feature films, documentaries, and panels while supporting your local Asian American Community! Q&A with filmmakers follow most screenings.

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Our film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year.

​Community is built upon the contributions of those who participate. Our 2017 festival theme is Liberty & Justice – a showcase of inspiring stories about self-empowerment, activists, and civic responsibility advocates who find their voice to be a catalyst of change and in turn motivate change within ourselves.

THURSDAY
10/19 7:30pm Jade Pendant | OPENING NIGHT 

FRIDAY
10/20 7pm Family Matters | SHORTS
10/20 9:30pm AKA Seoul

SATURDAY
10/21 10am Beyond Orientalism | FREE PANEL
10/21 1pm Finding Kukan 
10/21 3:15pm Life & Liberty | SHORTS
10/21 6:30pm Resistance at Tule Lake | CENTERPIECE
10/21 9pm Blasian Narratives

SUNDAY
10/22 12:30pm Chinatown Speaks | SHORTS
10/22 2:30pm I Can I Will I Did 
10/22 5:30pm Gook | CLOSING & RECEPTION
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25th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Banquet

Friday, September 29th

Hei La Moon | 88 Beach St, Boston, MA 
Reserve your tickets today!
Please join CHSNE in celebrating:
SOJOURNER AWARDEES
Caroline Chang, a lifelong activist and distinguished community leader
American Legion Boston Chinatown Post 328, active in serving veterans and community since the 1940s
THE OLD QUINCY SCHOOL
NEW VIDEOS 
The first building on the East Coast designated for its connection to Chinese on the
National Register of Historic Places
By filmmaker Kenneth Eng
in collaboration with Tunney Lee
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Boston and the Chinese Exclusion Act
Panel with Tunney Lee, Shauna Lo, and Lisong Liu
Tuesday, October 17, 12:00pm to 1:30pm 
Boston Athenæum | 10 ½ Beacon St, Boston, MA 
This panel, led by Tunney Lee with Shauna Lo and Lisong Liu, will cover the changing nature of Chinese immigration to Boston from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 (CEA) through its repeal in 1943 to today.
Although the main driver for the CEA was West Coast conflicts between European settlers—recently arrived via transcontinental railroad—and Chinese immigrants, Boston and Massachusetts played key roles in the passage and enforcement of the law. Panelists will address Massachusetts political reactions to the CEA, Chinatown raids, East Boston’s immigration station, and more, continuing the conversation with the growth of the Chinese community in Boston and beyond following WWII.
This panel considers nationals laws through a local political and cultural lens to shed light on an aspect of immigration history that continues to this day.
CHSNE NEEDS YOU! CHSNE is a membership-based 501(c)(3)non-profit organization dedicated solely to documenting, preserving, and promoting the history and legacy of Chinese immigration in New England. Please consider becoming a member or donating to help cover our projects and operating expenses. 
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9th Annual BAAFF 10/19-10/22

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OCTOBER 19-22

Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community.

This year's theme is Liberty & Justice.


​Directed by Robin Lung
76 mins | Documentary | Chinese
Followed by Q&A with Robin Lung.
Co-Presented by Women in Motion and Chinese Historical Society of New England - CHSNE

Filmaker Robin Lung investigates the case of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world. KUKAN has the rare honor of being the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award® in 1942. 

Lost for decades, Lung discovers a badly damaged film print of KUKAN, and pieces together the untold, inspirational tale of the two renegades behind the making of it -- Li Ling-Ai and cameraman Rey Scott.

FINDING KUKAN uses rare and unseen archival footage to create an unforgettable portrait of a female filmmaking pioneer, and sheds light on the long history of racial and gender discrimination behind the camera, which continues to reverberate in Hollywood today.

Director's Bio: ​​

Producer/Director Robin Lung has a 15-year history of bringing untold stories to film. She made her directorial debut with Washington Place: Hawaiis First Home, a 30-minute documentary for PBS Hawaii about Hawaiis last queen, Liliuokalani (aired 2008). She was the associate producer for the national PBS documentary Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority; unit producer for acclaimed documentary Vivan Las Antipodas by Victor Kossakovsky; unit producer for NOVAs Killer Typhoon; and producer/director of numerous short documentaries for the Historic Hawaii Foundation. ​

“I started this film project as a way of bringing visibility to an inspirational Asian female, but I grew to realize that the missing faces of Asian women in popular culture only mirror much deeper and disturbing exclusions of their stories from our historical records.

"Li Ling-Ai’s story not only highlights the systemic racism and sexism that still exists in Hollywood, it provides an inspirational rallying cry to women and people of color to fight to change the system. In my work, I hope to leave a legacy that will empower other women and people of color to become media makers, and that they, in turn, will create work that corrects the inequities and injustices that still exist in how we record history and tell stories in America.” - ROBIN LUNG

Life & Liberty: Resilience & Righteousness [Shorts]

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 · Hosted by Welcome to the World and Boston Asian American Film Festiva

Concrete Actions
Public
 · Hosted by Mobius, Inc.
  • Thursday, May 25 at 5 PM - 9 PM

  • Boston City Hall
    1 City Hall Square, Boston, Massachusetts 02114
The Mobius Artists Group is pleased to announce Concrete Actions, an evening of site-inspired original works responding to the striking concrete modernist design of City Hall and the democratic ideals that continue to animate it. Commissioned by The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, City of Boston as part of the HEROIC ENCOUNTERS Series, Concrete Actions will unfold on Thursday, May 25th at Boston City Hall, from 5-9 p.m. Thirteen Mobius artists will activate the interior of the building through a diversity of media. The civic landmark will be transformed through aesthetic experimentation in interactive performance art, video, installation, sound and movement. 

Recent shifts in our current national political landscape and challenges to core values of inclusion have revived civic engagement in local democratic processes and institutions. It is therefore an appropriate moment to celebrate the architectural legacy of Boston City Hall, opened in 1969. The building’s innovative design reflected the architects’ ethical commitment to active public involvement and access to city government, as Mark Pasnik, Chris Grimley, and Michael Kubo emphasize in their book Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston that inspired the HEROIC ENCOUNTERS Series. Against this background, the Mobius Artist Group is honored to create Concrete Actions as part of the series.

As a collective event, Concrete Actions aptly marks the Mobius Artists Group return to Boston after a productive 5 years in Cambridge. Now in our 40th year as an artist-run organization, our legacy of accessibility, affordability and collaboratively generated experimental work in all media across artistic communities parallels the strong public commitments that inspired the design of Boston City Hall and continue to revitalize it.

Photo is by Jeffrey Montes - Creative Commons 2.0

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Participating artists:

El Putnam presents Digital Bru(i)t, a video that interplays visual and aural confusion in an attempt to convey the complexities and challenges of maneuvering human engagement with politics through digital technology. The work incorporates excerpts from The Social Contract, by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1762).

Jane Wang presents two works, Signs of Our Times III, a video slideshow of imagery from 95 artists and 21 composers reflecting the connecting theme of signage, and Concret concret, a duo of free-standing abstract wire sculptures, one of which she will knit live, in the main lobby of Boston City Hall.

Milan Kohout presents Spaces for Socialism, an interactive performance that engages audience members in conversation about their experience of architecture, interactive sharing of the human condition, and perspectives on how to create democratic socialist alternatives to modern life.

James Ellis Coleman presents Always Room for You, a visual art work exploring the scope and inclusion of the life histories of individuals as recorded in government documents stored in government repositories.

Joanne Rice and Tom Plsek present 42.3604° N, 71.0580° W, a sound/performance which explores the various sonic possibilities offered by the interiors spaces of several levels of Boston City Hall.

Sandrine Schaefer presents ESCALATE/DE-ESCALATE, a durational performance art piece sited on the escalators between the lobby and lower levels of Boston City Hall that explores notions of agreement and challenges ways time is experienced and perceived between bodies sharing space.

Daniel Deluca presents Public Satellites: Telstar 20 BCH, an experimental communications platform designed to engage the public around City Hall. Through the use of semiotic lures PST20BCH will capture and relay human transmissions from the public in real time.

Jesse Kaminsky presents Aposematism, an inflatable sculpture work made of brightly colored, printed and sewn tyvek material that will enhance the ground space with an anemone-like shape.

Margaret Bellafiore, Mari Novotny Jones, and Anna Wexler present MILK & LICENSES, a performance and installation work using three defunct services windows in Boston City Hall. The piece explores concepts of sanctuary in our present moment by transforming the windows' original function.

Sara June presents Solid Formation, a durational movement and installation work that experiment with the notion of protection and architecture through the intersection of three elements: building, boundary, and human body.

Short Waves Open Call, DOT-I Mixer, IFFBoston this week!
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Short Waves Open Call
Dot-I Info Session/Mixer
BAAFF co-presents at Independent Film Festival Boston
BAAFF 2017 Open Call

Short Waves: Share your Asian American Story!

The 7th Annual BAAFF Short Waves: Short Film Competition has begun! 
Short Waves brings to light stories about the Asian American experience through locally made, community-driven short films.
Seeking people with stories to share through film. It's easy; get your camera or smartphone camera, click record, tell your story in 5 minutes or less, and submit it to our program. No prior experience needed! We want everyone to have the opportunity to tell their story and share it on the big screen to share with the community.

More info:  www.baaff.org/short-waves
FREE RSVP
Happy Spring y'all! DOT-I is hosting an info session/mixer on Saturday, April 29th from 2:00PM-5:00PM!

This is also an opportunity for you to meet members who have participated with DOT-I in the past, as well as currently. This event will be centering the experiences and narratives of folks from the Vietnamese community. We invite and appreciate folks who are non-Vietnamese identified who would like to participate in this event with us and learn about DOT-I.

Snacks and drinks will be provided through a special menu for the event! If folks would like items from the regular menu, you will be paying out of pocket for those items.
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BAAFF is co-presenting few films coming up at Independent Film Festival.
April 26 - May 3. 2017
Acclaimed documentarian Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) chronicles the legal struggles of Abacus, a small, family-run Manhattan bank that was the only financial institution to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 mortgage crisis. http://bit.ly/2pCb9IH
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Eli and Daniel are two Korean American brothers who own a struggling shoe store and have an unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family. http://bit.ly/2oAy8Gh
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SeaWeb Announces Seafood Champion Award Finalists 
Sustainability advocates from around the world, working up and down the supply chain, drive progress through leadership, innovation, vision and an activist spirit
BOSTON, March 20, 2017—SeaWeb today announced 16 finalists for the 2017 Seafood Champion Awards who have demonstrated brilliance and tenacity in working across borders, language barriers and industries to change our relationship with the sea. From fish cops in East Africa to the creator of easily replicated 3-D ocean farms, and from a chef who cycled across Canada promoting sustainable seafood to a company whose solar-powered data collector puts small-scale fishing boats on the map, these Champions show an inspiring level of ingenuity and commitment.
The annual Seafood Champion Awards program, now in its 11th year, recognizes individuals and organizations for excellence in promoting environmentally responsible seafood. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on June 5 at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Seattle.
"This year's finalists have a global perspective, whether they act locally or at a broader level," said Mark Spalding, president of SeaWeb and The Ocean Foundation. "Improving seafood's sustainability requires addressing difficult political, technical, social and economic questions. To create change, you have to forge alliances and bring people together around a common cause. These are not easy things to do, but the Champions on this list have forged ahead and are making real progress."
The finalists were selected by a panel of seafood sustainability experts from industry and nonprofit organizations based in Asia, Europe and North America. "Our judges bring deep knowledge and diverse perspectives to a complex evaluation process," said Spalding. "We greatly appreciate their generosity in volunteering so much time and thought to recognizing excellence in the seafood community."
The Seafood Champion Award for Leadership recognizes people and organizations that bring stakeholders together to improve seafood sustainability or ocean health. The finalists are:
  • Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesia's Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries since 2014. She has banned the use of bottom trawlers and other unsustainable catching devices; led the fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing in her geographically dispersed island nation; and fought against the use of forced labor on fishing vessels.
  • Wally Stevens of the Global Aquaculture Alliance. A widely admired leading light in aquaculture, he has developed the GAA as both a competitive force, with its Best Aquaculture Practices certification, and a precompetitive convener via the annual GOAL Conference, the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation, the Global Aquaculture Advocate and other initiatives.
  • Mariah Boyle of FishWise. Known for bridging divides to unite businesses, NGOs and governments in pursuit of common goals, she has led companies such as Albertsons, Target, Hy-Vee and Sea Delight to improve traceability and reduce the risk of IUU fishing and human rights abuses in their supply chains. Her efforts have positively affected more than 7,500 stores and 250 million pounds of seafood.
  • Sea Pact, an innovative alliance of nine leading North American seafood businesses. The organization uses its collective power to lead improvement throughout the global supply chain, funding projects to drive change while showcasing how competitors can work together.
The Seafood Champion Award for Innovation recognizes those who identify and apply new solutions to ecological challenges, market needs or sustainability barriers. The finalists are:
  • FISH-i Africa, a partnership of eight East African countries that combats large-scale illegal fishing by sharing information and taking collective enforcement action. FISH-i's string of investigations and prosecutions has created a more responsible fisheries sector.
  • Pelagic Data Systems, which has developed a vessel-tracking technology based on an affordable, solar-powered data collection device for small vessels. The technology has helped combat IUU fishing in Gabon, Mexico, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Peru, Philippines, Thailand and the U.S.
  • Alan Lovewell of the 1,200-member, community-supported fishery Real Good Fish. He also runs Bay2Tray, a program within Real Good Fish that brings affordable local fish to public school districts with high poverty rates and sends fishermen into classrooms to teach about the ocean, fishing and health.
  • Karl Warr of Better Fishing. He has improved the sustainability of bottom trawling with an easily fitted cage mechanism that can free 95 percent of juvenile fish, saving fuel costs and allowing fishers to catch species selectively.
The Seafood Champion Award for Vision recognizes distinctive visions that significantly advance the sustainable seafood community. The finalists are:
  • Bren Smith, who is leading the development and promotion of 3-D ocean farms. His nonprofit GreenWave helps fishers become ocean farmers by adopting GreenWave's open-source, replicable model, which restores rather than depletes ocean ecosystems.
  • Matthew Beaudin, executive chef of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, who moved $1 million in buying power to seafood producers within a 90-mile radius. He also is a regional and cross-border leader, developing aquaponics programs to support orphaned, HIV-positive children in Mexico.
  •  The Marine Research Foundation, a three-person nonprofit in Malaysia whose work protects endangered sea turtles while making Malaysia's shrimp-fishing industry more sustainable. The MRF overcame entrenched opposition to the use of turtle excluder devices and now anticipates a full rollout of the devices, which will save an estimated 4,000 turtles. That will open access for Malaysia to a global market hungry for sustainable shrimp.
  • The Global Ghost Gear Initiative, the first effort to tackle the problem of abandoned fishing gear on a global scale. This international, cross-sector partnership works with stakeholders from fishers to the United Nations to collect data and develop and model solutions that remove ghost gear from the ocean.
The Seafood Champion Award for Advocacy recognizes the promotion of sustainability, use of the media to raise the profile of sustainable seafood, work to strengthen public policy and resource allocations, and championing of advances in sustainable seafood. The finalists are:
  • The International Pole & Line Foundation, which spearheaded an effort by Indian Ocean countries to reform tuna fisheries management and played a central role in the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission's groundbreaking adoption of a precautionary harvest strategy.
  • Ned Bell, Ocean Wise executive chef at the Vancouver Aquarium and founder of Chefs for Oceans, who has made sustainable seafood his mission. In 2014, he rode his bike 8,700 km across Canada, hosting 20 events alongside some of the country's best chefs to raise awareness of sustainable seafood.
  • Dr. Caleb Otto, former Permanent Representative of the Republic of Palau to the United Nations, who has led his small island nation to a position of leadership on the international stage through his passionate advocacy for ocean health and sustainability at the United Nations.
  • Bill Mook of Mook Sea Farm in Maine, who is modeling how shellfish growers everywhere can address the threat of ocean acidification. He has become a resource for hatchery and farm operators in the U.S. and abroad, counseling them on how to avoid losses and exchanging innovative ideas for protecting the industry.

For more information on the awards and finalists, go to www.seafoodchampions.org. For more information on the awards ceremony and the Seafood Summit, go to www.seafoodsummit.org.
Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for Canadian Redfish
Launched on Eve of Seafood Expo North America
(March 16, 2017 - Halifax) Leading industry participants, government and non-government
partners today announced the launch of a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for Units 1 &
2 Redfish in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence and Laurentian Channel.
Historically, redfish fisheries in Units 1 & 2 achieved combined annual catches of 100,000
tonnes. That ended in the early 1990s when this over-exploited stock complex entered an
extended period of low productivity. But by 2020, new recruits that exploded onto the scene
in 2011-13 will begin to achieve maturity and commercial size. “We want to optimize the
benefits of a sustainable resource for quota holders who have been waiting a long time for
this positive development,” explained Mr. Bruce Chapman, President of GEAC.
Mr. Chapman added, “Through this FIP, we will have a disciplined approach and strategy
towards this re-emerging fishery. We will monitor, evaluate and manage aspects of the
fishery that we weren’t really concerned about in the 1990s, including the two different redfish
species occupying this area, mitigating catch of smaller fish, reducing incidental catch, and
avoiding impact on coral and sponge concentrations.”
“SFP supports this industry-led FIP and is pleased with the work of GEAC and cooperating
organizat ions in implementing this important and timely project,” said Jim Cannon, CEO and
founder of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. “The redfish fishery in this area has the
potential to become one of Atlantic Canada’s largest groundfish fisheries within very few years”

SeaWeb announces finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards
   

By Cliff White, Executive Editor



  





The 16 finalists have been announced for the 2017 Seafood Champion Awards, the seafood community's premier honor recognizing outstanding leadership in promoting environmentally responsible seafood.
The Seafood Champion Awards are presented by SeaWeb, a program of The Ocean Foundation. SeaWeb serves the sustainable seafood community by supporting a coordinated infrastructure of people and knowledge to guide, inspire and reward the seafood industry’s uptake of sustainable practices. The awards have been given annually since 2006 to world leaders who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to advancing seafood sustainability.
This year, the Seafood Champion Awards will be awarded at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, taking place 5 to 7 June, 2017, in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. [Editor’s note: SeaWeb and Diversified Communications, owner of SeafoodSource.com, jointly produce the SeaWeb Seafood Summit.]
In the leadership category, the finalists include Wally Stevens, the executive director of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, where he has developed the Best Aquaculture Practices certification and worked through a variety of channels to promote responsible aquaculture; Mariah Boyle, who is being recognized for her work in urging seafood companies to set commitments to improving traceability, social responsibility and combatting IUU fishing; Susi Pudjiastuti, an Indonesian businesswoman who has turned her attention to fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as her country’s Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries; and Sea Pact, a nonprofit consisting of nine North American seafood companies that award grants to fisheries improvement projects around the globe.
In the innovation category, Silicon Valley-based Pelagic Data Systems has created a solar-powered lightweight position tracking system for small vessels that can be used to combat IUU fishing. FISH-I Africa, a partnership of eight East African nations, has created a low-cost information-sharing solution to combat illegal fishing in the Western Indian Ocean. Lovewell is the founder and CEO of Real Good Fish, a community supported fishery in Monterey Bay, California. In 2012, Alan started Bay2Tray, providing low-income schoolchildren nutritious meals by utilizing bycatch in the local black cod fishery. Warr, of Better Fishing Ltd., has improved the sustainability of bottom trawling with an easily fitted cage mechanism that can free 95 percent of juvenile fish, saving fuel costs and allowing fishers to catch species selectively.
For vision, Green Wave’s Bren Smith, a commercial fisherman, has created a replicable, scalable model of 3D ocean farming. Matt Beaudin is leading the shift to local and sustainable seafood in the restaurant scene in and around Monterey Bay, California. The Global Ghost Gear Initiative helps clean up lost or abandoned fishing gear and has spearheaded the implementation of net recycling. And the Marine Research Foundation has been working to protected endangered sea turtles while making Malaysia’s shrimp industry more sustainable.
In the advocacy category, Bill Mook, based in Maine, has been a leader in modeling how shellfish growers can address the threat of ocean acidification. The International Pole and Line Foundation promotes socially and environmentally responsible pole-and-line fisheries around the world. Ned Bell, the Ocean Wise executive chef at Vancouver Aquarium, founded Chefs for Oceans in 2014 to raise awareness about sustainable seafood. And Palau Ambassador Caleb Otto’s work at the United Nations to highlight ocean sustainability issues has made Palau a leader in drawing attention to the human and environmental threats to livelihoods that depend on the ocean.
“This year’s finalists have a global perspective, whether they act locally or at a broader level,” said Mark Spalding, president of SeaWeb and The Ocean Foundation. “Improving seafood’s sustainability requires addressing difficult political, technical, social and economic questions. To create change, you have to forge alliances and bring people together around a common cause. These are not easy things to do, but the Champions on this list have forged ahead and are making real progress.”
Meet the 2017 Seafood Champion Awards Finalists
Seafood Champion Award Finalists, Leadership: Displays leadership by organizing and convening seafood stakeholders to improve the sustainability of seafood and ocean health.
• Mariah Boyle, Traceability Division Director, FishWise
• Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesia Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
• Sea Pact
• Wally Stevens, Executive Director, Global Aquaculture Alliance

Seafood Champion Award Finalists, Innovation: Identifies and applies creative new solutions to address ecological challenges, existing market needs, or barriers to sustainability.
• FISH-i Africa
• Alan Lovewell, Real Good Fish
Pelagic Data Systems
• Karl Warr, Better Fishing Ltd.

Seafood Champion Award Finalists, Vision: Establishes a clear and compelling vision of the future that inspires positive change for sustainable seafood in technology, policy, products or markets, or conservation tools.
• Matt Beaudin, Monterey Bay Aquarium
• Global Ghost Gear Initiative
• Marine Research Foundation
• Bren Smith, Green Wave

Seafood Champion Award Finalists, Advocacy: Positively influences public policy, uses the media to raise the profile of sustainable seafood, or influences public discourse and engages key stakeholders by publicly championing advances in sustainable seafood.
• Ned Bell, Vancouver Aquarium
• International Pole & Line Foundation
• Bill Mook, Mook Sea Farm
• H.E. Dr. Caleb Otto, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Palau to the United Nations

Fishpeople Rocks the Boat with New Wildly Delicious Seafood Kits
Sustainable Seafood Brand Brings Restaurant-Quality Meal Kits to the Perimeter Frozen Case
Portland, OR (March 17, 2017) – Fishpeople Seafood, a leading purveyor of sustainable & traceable seafood soups, entrées and fillets, has expanded its popular offerings to include a line of Wildly Delicious Seafood Kits. The new Kits feature two wild American, sustainably-caught fish fillets, a chef-crafted topper and garnish, a recyclable tray with cooking foil to minimize cleanup and a step-by-step recipe card to ensure restaurant-quality results every time. The Kit flavors were developed in the kitchen alongside Portland, Oregon chefs and contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
“We hear from consumers time and again that cooking fish can be intimidating, so we created these Kits to take the guesswork out of the process. With our Seafood Kits, consumers can now easily and confidently create some of their favorite restaurant dishes in their own kitchens,” says Jen Paragallo, VP of Marketing.
Fishpeople partners with small-scale American fishermen who harvest abundant species using sustainable catch methods, and their fish is traceable to the source. Consumers can enter the tracking code printed on the side of every Kit box at tracethisfish.com to learn more about the people & places behind their fish.
“It’s about more than delivering great-tasting food for us. We connect consumers with the story behind their seafood. Ultimately, where a fish comes from, how it’s caught and the journey it takes to make it onto your plate, all impact the way it tastes. Our entire process, from water to plate, is intentional, and you can taste the difference,” says Paragallo.
Fishpeople’s Seafood Kits feature Wild Alaskan Keta Salmon & Wild Pacific Cod, both rated Best Choice by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program. The new Seafood Kit collection includes:
 Meyer Lemon & Herb Panko Wild Alaskan Salmon Kit
 Cajun Shrimp & Sweet Pepper Wild Alaskan Salmon Kit
 Chipotle & Lime Wild Alaskan Cod Kit
 Garlic Parmesan Potato Wild Alaskan Cod Kit
Fishpeople’s Wildly Delicious Seafood Kits are currently available in participating Whole Foods, H-E-B and Nugget Markets nationwide. Additional growth is planned for 2017. Each Kit serves two people for a suggested everyday retail price of $11.99-$12.99. For more information on Fishpeople, please visit fishpeopleseafood.com


Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for Canadian Redfish
Launched on Eve of Seafood Expo North America

(March 16, 2017 - Halifax) Leading industry participants, government and non-government
partners today announced the launch of a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for Units 1 &
2 Redfish in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence and Laurentian Channel.
Historically, redfish fisheries in Units 1 & 2 achieved combined annual catches of 100,000
tonnes. That ended in the early 1990s when this over-exploited stock complex entered an
extended period of low productivity. But by 2020, new recruits that exploded onto the scene
in 2011-13 will begin to achieve maturity and commercial size. “We want to optimize the
benefits of a sustainable resource for quota holders who have been waiting a long time for
this positive development,” explained Mr. Bruce Chapman, President of GEAC.
Mr. Chapman added, “Through this FIP, we will have a disciplined approach and strategy
towards this re-emerging fishery. We will monitor, evaluate and manage aspects of the
fishery that we weren’t really concerned about in the 1990s, including the two different redfish
species occupying this area, mitigating catch of smaller fish, reducing incidental catch, and
avoiding impact on coral and sponge concentrations.”
“SFP supports this industry-led FIP and is pleased with the work of GEAC and cooperating
organizat ions in implementing this important and timely project,” said Jim Cannon, CEO and
founder of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. “The redfish fishery in this area has the
potential to become one of Atlantic Canada’s largest groundfish fisheries within very few years”