Delegates who join us for the closing presentation had the honor of being addressed by His Royal Highness the Price of Wales in a pre-recorded video in which he discussed the need to improve fisheries and take a collaborative approach to research. He noted that while positive steps are being made through multi-stakeholder partnerships, the way forward will not be without intractable problems. His hope is that partnerships can be found so it is crucial that we keep talking for as long as it takes. Partnerships must be built that safeguard biodiversity and sustain livlihoods based on fishing to achieve balance toward a more sustainable future.
His Royal Highness made it clear that while it is easy to despair, solutions are in our grasp. We can see thriving and productive oceans, if we do change our fishing policies. His Highness’ regret was that he couldn’t join the delgates in person, but recognized all of the tireless work Summit attendees old and new have been conducting for years, and experessed gratitude and encouraged leadership toward a sustainable future. “Enlightened individuals have the biggest influence,” he said; a big compliment to every single Summit attendee.
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Give us a little reflection and listening time about how we make it a success. We want to engage more with colleagues to help bring them in and improve on all of our successes from the past. Between now and then, we hope to conduct many business roundtables, workshops, attend the Brussels Seafood Show and Boston Seafood Show, engage in the World Seafood Congress and World Fisheries Congress and continue the conversation on an international basis.
Our common goal is global sustainability. We hope you’ll continue to be a part of the conversation. Though the Summit isn't officially over - delegates will join us early Thursday morning for a trip across the borden into Washington State to tour of a halibut fishery and visit to Seattle's famous Pike Place Market. Stay tuned for a recap of those adventures soon.