Join Seafood Co-Lab

Community-Supported Solutions in the Seafood Industry


The sustainable seafood movement has grown profoundly in scope and impact over the past decade, but innovative and collaborative cross-sector solutions to global fisheries challenges have not kept pace. To be effective, we must create new tools to engage new stakeholders and work to address the broad set of challenges in seafood and ocean conservation in new geographies and sectors.
By joining the Seafood Co-Lab, you build on the the seafood industry’s track record of supporting sustainable solutions.  

Foster Collaboration

Collaboration has become a proven and valuable business strategy for the seafood industry in addressing sustainability issues. 

The Seafood Co-Lab rewards cross-sector collaborations with supportive collaboration from the broader community.

This approach creates a conduit for the wealth of knowledge, skills, experience, strategies, and perspectives in the sustainable seafood community to actively support new solutions in aquaculture and wild-caught fisheries.

Support Solutions

Co-Lab is soliciting support from the seafood industry and other stakeholders through two opportunities:

Collaborate with Co-Lab: Stay updated on Co-Lab activities or take the next step and contribute to the process by joining the Co-Lab team of experts.

Sponsor Co-Lab: Through a $1,000 sponsorship, build on the seafood industry and seafood community’s historic track record of collaborative problem solving.

Be Recognized

Business and the broader seafood community benefit from Co-Lab in many ways:

  • Fresh and innovative approaches to sustainability challenges
  • Valuable new contacts and connections
  • Through online voting, direct input into focus areas addressed
  • Communications & outreach promotion of sponsors
  • Public recognition of the seafood industry’s contribution to sustainability

Collaborate with Co-Lab

Anyone can join our mailing list to receive regular updates on Co-Lab activities and become a part of the crowdsourced problem-solving activities.

Companies and organizations interested in greater involvement can participate at a Collaborator level.

Collaborators serve as subject matter experts and may be asked by the Advisory Board to:

  • join conference calls
  • review proposals requiring in-depth topic expertise
  • directly advise Co-Lab projects

Sponsor Co-Lab

For $1,000, support collaborative solutions toward sustainable seafood and communities. Your company logo will be featured:

  • in five or more emails to more than 10,000 seafood-interested subscribers
  • on a booth at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston, attended by thousands of seafood professionals.
  • on SeaWeb, Conservation Alliance, and Seafood Summit websites

Co-Lab Sponsors will also benefit from SeaWeb outreach to our following of more than 25,000 individuals, companies and organizations.



(Subject to change)

  • December 15, 2017 – January 15, 2018  Submissions open
  • January 30, 2018 Finalists selected
  • February 1 – March 10, 2018 Promotion and outreach; online voting
  • March 11-12, 2018 Public voting at Boston Seafood Show; Winner announced at end of second day 
  • June 19-21, 2018  Collab-a-thon at the Summit
  • July 2018 – Winners’ project work starts
  • April 2019 – Project final report due
  • June 2019 – Project report-out at Summit
Program overview

The goal of the Co-Lab is to support collaborative projects supported by both industry and civil society, to engage stakeholders and find innovative solutions. Each competition will include these steps:

  1. Reach out to the broader seafood community to solicit potential projects for the Co-Lab
  2. Identify a set of four finalists through an Advisory Board
  3. Conduct a highly advertised public voting process that culminates with the winner’s announcement
  4. Identify experts to support the winning project and create a resource for the seafood community
  5. Present the project at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, and crowdsource expertise from attendees
  6. Support the winning project throughout its development via facilitated conference calls with expert collaborators
  7. Present results to the seafood community
Launch and call for proposals
Co-Lab will draw on lessons learned from the Seafood Summit and use a combination of structured and crowdsourced requests for proposals, starting with solicited proposals and following with open submissions. All submissions will be gathered via an online form.
Selecting finalists

Prior to Seafood Expo North America, the Co-Lab Advisory Board will identify four projects to advance to public voting. These will be chosen based on:

  • Importance and urgency of issue the project addresses
  • Potential for measurable, verifiable successful outcome
  • Ability to cross-pollinate with upcoming Summit issues and themes
  • Business and communications value to the seafood industry
Voting for the winner
In the months leading up to Seafood Expo North America, Co-Lab will conduct an extensive communications and outreach campaign promoting the finalists’ stories and encouraging the seafood community to vote via an online form. Following a final media and outreach blitz at SENA, voting will close and the winning project will be announced at SENA.
Supporting the collaboration

Once the winning project is selected at SENA, Co-Lab will focus on providing a framework that supports creation of a high-performing project team.

In the period between SENA and the Seafood Summit, SeaWeb and partners will identify a broad spectrum of subject experts who can support the winning project and will work to ensure they and an equally broad spectrum of potential collaborators attend the Summit.

On day one of the Summit, the winning project will be featured, followed by a series of networking and brainstorming opportunities devoted to the project. By the end of the Summit, the goal is to have a framework in place that identifies:

  • Key members and advisors to the collaboration
  • Mission & goals statement
  • Metrics for success
  • Rough timeline
Delivering results to the community
Throughout a 10-month period following the Seafood Summit, Co-Lab will continue to support the winning project by facilitating conference calls with subject matter experts and tracking progress. At the end of the project, Co-Lab will arrange for the results to be presented at the Summit or an equivalent venue and widely communicated to the seafood community.


For details on the Seafood Co-Lab, please visit About the Seafood Co-Lab, or email us at

The Seafood Co-Lab is a collaborative effort between SeaWeb and the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions.

SeaWeb Communications

SeaWeb serves the sustainable seafood community by nourishing a coordinated infrastructure of people and knowledge to guide, inspire and reward the seafood industry’s uptake of sustainable practices.

Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions

The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions connects leading conservation groups from North America, South America, Europe, and Japan that work with businesses throughout the supply chain from fishermen and fish farmers to retailers and restaurants.
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