A Look Back at the 2007 World Seafood Congress

This was the official website for the 2007 World Seafood Congress held in Dublin. It was a a prestige international networking event synonymous with relevant business-focused programme offerings, world-class speakers and commentators as well as a diverse delegate body that features representatives from every aspect of the international seafood sector.
Content is from the site's 2007 archived pages as well as from other outside sources.


Congress Organisers Welcome
Welcome to the website of the World Seafood Congress 2007. We're delighted to see you here and look forward to seeing you at the Congress in Dublin, Ireland on September 25th-27th 2007.

As Ireland plays host to the 2007 World Seafood Congress (WSC) from 25-27 September next, the Dublin-based conference is set to become one of the highlight events in this year’s corporate calendar for the global seafood industry.

Now entering its seventh year in operation, the Congress has established itself as a prestige international networking event synonymous with relevant business-focused programme offerings, world-class speakers and commentators as well as a diverse delegate body that features representatives from every aspect of the international seafood sector.

Between 500-750 attendees from 50-plus countries are expected to attend this year’s Congress which is set to engender informed debate and analysis on the themes:
• seafood and health benefits
• nutrition and well-being
• trade and market access
• seafood standards and assurance initiatives.


Welcome to World Seafood Congress 2007 delegates from John Browne, TD. Marine Minister

Dear Delegate, On behalf of the Irish government, and indeed, the Irish people, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you, and encourage you to attend the World Seafood Congress 2007 which is being held in Dublin, Ireland this year.

I was delighted to make the announcement last year at the Brussels Seafood Show, that Ireland had secured the hosting of this prestigious event, and it is now my great pleasure to personally welcome all of the perspective delegates to what is going to be a really good show. Once again, I would like to express my thanks to IAFI for choosing Ireland as the location for their 2007 Congress.

The Irish government is committed to developing the Irish seafood industry and just recently I joined with my colleague, Mr. Bertie Ahern, our Taoiseach (Prime Minister) in launching a seven year strategy for the sector with a total investment value of almost €600,000,000.00. In many ways, the World Seafood Congress 2007 will represent Ireland’s first opportunity to showcase our wonderful industry to the world, and we are determined that you will find the experience of attending the World Seafood Congress 2007 stimulating, rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable.

We Irish are known throughout the world for the warmth of our welcome, and I can assure you that you will experience this first hand if you are lucky enough to come to the World Seafood Congress 2007 here in Ireland. I know that our State Agencies, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (Irish Sea Fisheries Board), Enterprise Ireland (industrial development agency) and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland will do a wonderful job in bringing you a world class conference and tradeshow.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Mise le meas,

John Browne TD


World Seafood Congress 2007 Hosts and Organisers 

The World Seafood Congress 2007 is hosted by BIM - The Irish Sea Fisheries Board: www.bim.ie, Enterprise Ireland: www.enterprise-ireland.com and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland: www.fsai.ie.

The congress is presented by the International Association of Fish Inspectors: www.iafi.net

World Seafood Congress 2007 Co-Organisers
The Congress Co-Organisers are the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations), UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and IFQC:SMART GROUP: www.seafoodcert.com.


Meet the Team! 
The World Seafood Congress 2007 Team has worked together on many large conferences and events. Donal Maguire (Congress Moderator) and Dee Moore (Congress Organiser) work with BIM. David Lyons (Congress Scientific Content Manager) joins us from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and Peter Marshall is the Managing Director of IFQC Smart Group.

Contacting Us 
Should you need to contact us for any reason other than expressing your interest in the World Seafood Congress 2007, you may contact the congress team by email using the form on the Contact Us page. Please click here to go to the contact form.

Press and Media Information
For the latest press and media information, please take a look at our Press and Media Information page. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

See you in Dublin on September 25th 2007!


2007 World Seafood Programme Page

Welcome to the World Seafood Congress programme page. Please choose from the list below which programme you wish to see.

  • Full Conference Programme
  • Daily Conference Programme
  • Entertainment Programme
  • Full Conference Programme Including Speaker Information (for print and download)

IAFI Pre Congress Workshops

Sunday 23 and Monday 24 September 2007

Workshops run by international experts in their field cover range of issues from Access requirements into the main markets of EU, USA/Canada; Sustainability Standards, Seafood HACCP, Mercury v Health and Traceability and Logistics. They give all attendees the genuine chance to be involved in understanding and discussing the issues. They are all half-day events. These always sell out so get in early to book on line to ensure your seat.





Congress Entertainment Programme Starting on Monday the 24th September to Thursday 27th September.


Monday 24th September 2007<
The organisers of the World Seafood Congress 2007 will host a Welcoming Guinness and Oysters Reception for delegates.  This will be held between 19:00hrs and 21:00hrs in The Jurys Croke Park Hotel in The Canal and Terrace Rooms on the Ground Floor.


Members of the WSC 07 Organising Committee will be on-hand to help you with any queries you may have and to help you settle in.  You will be addressed by Ms. Jayne Gallagher, President of IAFI, to officially welcome you to the WSC 07.
Tuesday 25th September 2007
A coach will collect you from you hotel at 19:00hrs and will bring you to the historic St. Helen's Radisson SAS Hotel, one of Dublin's finest and most luxurious hotels.  You will enjoy their renowned marquee barbeque, which will feature the best of Irish seafood, along with the finest of other traditional Irish fare.  Entertainment will be continuous, interactive and always exciting.

There will be live eclectic music, interactive entertainers and traditional Irish performing artists - all presented in the magnificent setting of the formal gardens of The St. Helen's Radisson SAS Hotel.
You will be transported back to your hotel by coach, at 23:30hrs to get a good nights sleep and to enjoy the conference proceedings on the following day.
Wednesday 26th September 2007
As before, you will be collected by coach from your hotel at 19:00hrs and brought to one of Ireland's most famous race courses - The Leopardstown Race Course - where you will enjoy a superb three course dinner, with wine, and be treated to an interactive "Virtual Race Night".  You can be an Irish punter for the evening, enjoying this exciting and spectacular night out, which will include mock-betting and prizes for the delegates.

At 23:30hrs, tired, happy and laden down with your winnings, you will be collected by coach and dropped safely back to your hotel to rest up before the last day of the conference.
Thursday 27th September 2007
We guarantee that this will be a night to remember!  The entertainment for the conference reaches its peak with the staging of our lavish World Seafood Congress 2007 Gala Dinner and Dance.
Guests not staying at the Jurys Croke Park Hotel, will be collected from their hotels at 18:30hrs.
The Gala Dinner will be held in the magnificent Hogan Suite of the conference venue, Croke Park.  This wonderful night will will kick off with a drinks reception at 19:15hrs and from there you will embark on an evening's entertainment that will be magical and uniquely Irish. 

This will be your opportunity to relax, sit back and enjoy the world class array of entertainers and performers, which we will present to you over the course of the evening.  The food will be superb, spread over five delicious courses and themed around the finest of Irish cuisine.

The night will be crowned by an extravagant stage show, featuring dance, song and the best of Ireland's culture and heritage, all performed by artists of the highest caliber. This show will thrill and amaze you, and will be a non-stop tour de force. 

After the stage show, it will be time for you to kick back and let your hair down as there will be a late bar and dancing.





Minister Coughlan opens 2007 World Seafood Congress in Dublin

25 September 2007/ /www.agriculture.gov.ie/

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mary Coughlan TD, today opened the seventh World Seafood Congress in Dublin's Croke Park Conference Centre. The Congress is being co-organised by Irish government agencies Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Food Safety Authority of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.

In excess of 400 seafood and food safety professionals from across the globe are attending the three-day conference and exhibition to discuss the complex challenge of balancing a spiralling worldwide consumer demand for seafood with the development of sustainable global fisheries.

Minister Coughlan told delegates of the necessity to develop a profitable but sustainable fishing sector: "While the global fisheries sector needs to be a primary source of wealth creation, we must ensure all future development of our industry is conducted in a sustainable way with respect to our stocks and the environment."

Commenting specifically on the domestic seafood sector the Minister added: "Our seafood sector enjoys a uniquely strong and growing demand for its products. This means that the challenge for us here in Ireland is not so much one of generating greater volumes of seafood sales but of having the true value of seafood, as a health giving super-food, realised by the consumer."

Renowned scientist Professor Michael Crawford, Director of the Institute of Brain Chemistry & Human Nutrition, London will deliver the Congress's keynote address. He leads a line-up of world-class experts and commentators from Ireland, the UK, Sweden, Spain, the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and Africa to cover the programme's range of lectures, debates, plenary and breakout sessions.

Professor Crawford's presentation will focus on how a lack of seafood in the modern diet may be contributing to the rising tide of mental illness currently plaguing the developed world.

Congress sessions on "Seafood Standard Certification - Making the Label Stick", "The Reality of Microbiological and Virological Risks", "Key Import Authority Requirements for Seafood" and "The Exporter's View of the Global Market" figure in a raft of subject matter tailored to appeal to attending seafood companies and seafood professionals from all areas of the industry.

The programme session on "The Retailer's Perspective on the Changing Seafood Market" will hear contributions from retailers Wal-Mart, Tesco, the UK's Young's/Foodfest Group and the Barry Group, Canada on their current market strategies for managing consumer trends and expectation that pressure for the delivery of a rapidly increasing range of safe, healthy and convenient seafood products. The leading trends in today's fast moving seafood market will be revealed in detail.

Against this consumer-driven background the necessity to develop functional foods from seafood will be increasingly important for the global seafood sector as will be shown by an in-depth report on the progress of the EU research project SeafoodPlus, when it presents WSC delegates with its breaking news "New Concepts for Value-added Functional Seafood Products".

The Congress will also stage the BIM "Great Debate" on its closing day. The debate will see the Congress enter into the current controversy "Is eating seafood the best way to get those all-important Omega 3s into your diet and into your children's diet?"

Speakers invited to lead the debate on the crucial importance of Omega-3 in human nutrition and whether the benefits of eating fish outweigh those derived from taking supplements include Dr. Alex Richardson, who will focus on her compelling research findings on the dietary role Omega 3 plays in early childhood cognitive development. The WSC "Great Debate" will also see the return of WSC opening speaker Dr. Michael Crawford as well as valuable contributions by Dublin-based guest speakers Dr Patrick Wall, Chairman, European Food Safety Authority and Paula Mee, well-known consultant nutritionist and food and health advisor. The debate will be chaired by Ireland's celebrated broadcaster, Miriam O'Callaghan.

Commenting on behalf of the 2007 WSC, Congress moderator Donal Maguire, BIM said: "Ireland is honoured to have been chosen to host the World Seafood Congress. This prestigious event offers us an excellent opportunity to showcase our country and to demonstrate why Ireland's innovative fishing, aquaculture and food safety industries will continue to perform very competitively and successfully at a global level."

Dr John O'Brien, CEO, FSAI said: "Annually, Irish people eat less than half the quantity of fish consumed in other parts of the world (7.2 Kg/person/year as compared to 16.5 Kg/person/year). By contrast, we eat seven times more beef, pork and poultry than fish, with only one fifth of the Irish population eating two or more portions of fish on a weekly basis. It is disheartening that fish is not viewed as a valuable health enhancing food product here like it is in other countries throughout Europe and the world. The health benefits of eating fish need to be more widely appreciated by Irish people."

Commenting at the launch Mike Feeney, Executive Director, Enterprise Ireland said: "Enterprise Ireland is delighted to sponsor the World Seafood Congress 2007. The Congress affords participants from all over the world the opportunity to come together, share their experiences and explore opportunities for profitable future relationships."



Wanted: greener fish

Market trends require stronger environmental performance by seafood industry

25 September 2007, Rome / http://www.fao.org//

 The US$400 billion seafood industry has no choice but to adapt to intensifying demand from retailers and consumers for "environmentally friendly" fish, FAO said today.

During opening remarks made to industry representatives attending the 2007 Seafood Industry Congress (25-27 September, Dublin), Grimur Valdimarsson, Director of FAO's Fishing Industries Division, said that the need for seafood producers to guarantee environmental performance is unavoidable.

"The push towards sustainable fisheries is not just coming from government or environmental groups, but from the market itself," Valdimarsson said, noting that major seafood retailers like Unilever, Tesco, Walmart and Asda have already committed to putting on their shelves only fish that was harvested or raised sustainably.

"In recent years the seafood industry has been uncertain as to whether these trends represent a momentary fad. Today, there's no question: it's real, it's a sea change, and it's the way of the future," he said.

In broad terms, this means that producers will need to be able to assure retailers and consumers that their fish were not taken from overexploited stocks, farmed in ponds where mangroves once stood, or caught in nets without turtle-saving excluder devices installed.

Doing so requires monitoring fishing activities via tracking systems, labels and similar mechanisms. There are already a number of initiatives under way that seek to do this, established either by seafood retailers or public interest organizations. While expressing concern over the proliferation of diverse and competing efforts, Valdimarsson stressed that, overall, the trend is a positive one.

Transition anything but easy

"Complying with these new imperatives is technically extremely difficult, and so the challenge facing industry right now is finding ways of doing so that are both adequate and economically feasible," Valdimarsson acknowledged.

The capture fisheries sector should draw lessons from the last 25 years of food safety assurance in other sectors, which moved largely from being a government-run activity to one managed by industry itself within a government-established framework and subject to spot verification.

Seafood producers have been wresting with a similar problem for years now, which could help.

"Already, producers have put into place internal systems to ensure that they are providing seafood that is fresh, safe to eat, and of the highest quality -- which is what today's consumers demand," Valdimarsson said. "You don't need to invent a new agency to guarantee that environmental standards are being met -- monitor for environmental performance in a similar way, as you do for safety and quality."

Developing countries will have a tough time

Resource-strapped developing countries will have a particularly hard time making the transition to fully certifying their fisheries.

"They've already been struggling mightily to comply with health and safety regulations on fish imports put into place by importing countries in the developed world," Valdimarsson explained.

Helping resolve this problem is an issue of particular importance to FAO, he said, adding that the retailers shaping market trends have a responsibility to help suppliers in the developing world cope.

And FAO and other international development organizations working on fisheries and aquaculture will need new resources to help the developing world's fisheries sector adapt.

Fishing rights key

The widespread practice of granting open or nearly-open access to fishing grounds is another challenge.

"Under the open access regime, fishing is an extremely competitive, zero sum game: if a fishermen doesn't land a fish, his competitor will, leaving little incentive to conserve the resource" according to Valdimarsson, and the consequence is overfishing. "So fishermen have a vested interest in not revealing what they've been doing."

"That must change, because the emerging paradigm requires the industry to be able to say exactly where, when and how a fish was caught. Only fishermen who hold clear rights and are not obliged to outfish a large group of competitors will feel secure enough to operate with that level of transparency."

Safety and quality issues

This year's World Seafood Congress was co-organized by FAO, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the World Health Organization, the International Food Quality Certification Group, and Ireland's Sea Fisheries Protection Authority in collaboration with the International Association of Fish Inspectors and with the support of the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, Enterprise Ireland, and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

The congress has traditionally focused on seafood safety and quality issues, but environmental concerns have risen higher on its agenda in recent years.

One of the most serious difficulties faced by fish exporters is coping with different safety standards being imposed by various importing countries. The need for greater harmonization of standards and more equivalence agreements, as well as the proliferation of private standards and certification schemes for fish products will also be discussed in Dublin.


Dublin is the capital city of Ireland - founded in the early ninth century by the Vikings who arrived to sample the charms of the Irish. Dublin is a city of culture, coastline, creativity and craic! Note that you will rarely see craic! (the Irish word for enjoyment) without an exclamation mark after it.

Croke Park
Croke Park Stadium is Ireland’s premier venue for sporting events, meetings, conferences, exhibitions and entertainment. Located on Dublins north side, the venue is ideally situated on the airport route from the city centre.

Deep in the heart of Irish culture is the Gaelic Athletic Association - the GAA - owners of Croke Park. The site upon which Croke park now stands was originally owned by Maurice Butterly in the 1870's and was known as the "City and Suburban Racecourse". The GAA became one of the grounds most frequent users and in 1908 Frank Dineen purchased the 14-acre site for the handsome sum of £3,250. The GAA subsequently purchased the site from Frank Dineen in 1913 for £3,500 and immediately renamed the ground Croke Park in honour of the association's first patron Archbishop Croke of Cashel.

The complex has been refurbished to an impeccable standard over the past 10 years and now includes conference and exhibition facilities along with the 3 stadia, the GAA Museum and private meeting and dining rooms.


The book of Kells : Christchurch Cathedral, Francis Bacon at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Jack B Yeats at the National Gallery of Ireland

Dublin has been at the centre of many conflicts and battles - our culture is built from a rich fabric of ancient mariners, sea-faring invaders, holy men (and women) as well great orators, chieftans and warriors. The history of Dublin is told in many forms, including guided tours and walks. Definitely worth a visit are Trinity College, where you will find the Book of Kells; Christchurch Cathedral and the Duvlinia (old Dublin) area; Dublin's many art galleries including the Hugh Lane Gallery and the National Gallery of Ireland hold a host of treasures for art lovers; Our tradition of storytelling has left us a legacy of some of the worlds finest writers including James Joyce, Beckett, Swift and Wilde, and the Dublin Literary Pub Crawlbrings them to life.

Dublin is located on the East Coast of Ireland, and boasts some of the most beautiful wild and rugged coastline in Europe. Starting on the North side of the city at Howth (home to a number of sailing clubs and fantastic golf) and travelling South to Bray (the traditional seaside holiday resort for Dubliners) the Dublin Area Rapid Transit system - also known as the DART - will bring you through charming suburbs like Sandymount, old fishing villages like Dalkey and through to the mansions of Killiney.

Howth, Dalkey, Killiney and Greystones

A short journey outside of Dublin to the South you'll find the Wicklow mountains and the spectacular Blessington Lakes and the famous Glendalough. To the East are the flatlands of Kildare, home to some of the world's most famous horse breeders. To the North, the hills of Tara and the truly fascinating Newgrange where the Winter Solstice is celebrated each year in style...

If there's one thing we Irish are famous for aside from the genuine warmth of our welcome, it's our creativity. We are a nation of story tellers and entertainers, musicians, actors and dancers. You'll find festivals at every available opportunity on the calendar, late September in Dublin brings the Dublin Fringe Festival, one of Europes most highly regarded theatre festivals. We know you already know all about U2, Thin Lizzy, the Hot House Flowers, Boyzone and Westlife, and you've probably seen Riverdance on one of its many World tours. You may not know about the myriad of Irish performers and artists who keep us entertained on smaller stages throughout the city every night. Irish creativity is evident everywhere from our street markets, to the outdoor art auctions along the rails of St Stephens Green, and in the way we rename our national monuments!

The Peoples Art Exhibition at St Stephens Green, The Tart with the Cart (Molly Malone) and some participants in a Dublin Festival

We Irish are famous worldwide for our hospitality - as much as we're famous for our creativity, culture and coastline. Craic is the Irish word for enjoyment, and it's the one thing you are guaranteed on your visit to Dublin for the Congress.

Whether you want to be entertained by professionals at any of our bars, pubs, clubs, theatres or concert venues - or just be entertained by the local clientele in one of our thousands of pubs, you'll find what you're looking for in Dublin. Our pub culture is also famous all around the worlds, and even the ban on smoking in enclosed public places hasn't managed to diminish the charm. New words like Smirting entered the Irish vocabulary - to the uninitiated, smirting is a combination of smoking and flirting, and is practised outside most Irish pubs on any given evening.

Johnny Foxes Pub, The Norseman, the Temple Bar

Dublin's Temple Bar is a must for night time revellers, or a visit to Johnny Foxes Pub - the highest pub in Ireland where you need to book your table well in advance. Dublin boasts plenty of superb restaurants, including the Michelin starred Patrick Gilbauds and the truly amazing Shanahans on the Green or Rolys Bistro in Ballsbridge. Fish restaurants, naturally, abound - from the King Sitric in Howth to Cavistons in DunLaoghaire or even Angelo's Cafe in Aungier St. where the fish and chips are the best in world, fish lovers will be in heaven. There are a multitude of restaurants of every variety, so be sure to check out a few possibilities and book early!