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Plenary Opening and Inspiration

The opening plenary session at GSF 2023
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In this year's plenary opening session, Chris Ninnes, the chair of the Global Shrimp Forum Foundation, will start by updating us on the projects we decided to support with last year's event financial surplus and our ambition for this year's event.

We will then interview the co-chairs of the Global Shrimp Council, who, since the first meeting that we facilitated in Utrecht in September 2023, have been able to elect their first board and are in the process of collecting money for and launching a US marketing campaign to promote the consumption of sustainable shrimp. Hopefully, they have some exciting news to share.

We are then very proud to have Carlos Díaz, the CEO of BioMar, a significant aquaculture feed manufacturer with shrimp feed investments in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Vietnam, and China. BioMar is not only producing shrimp feed but is also a large player in the salmon industry. In his keynote, Carlos Díaz will present his views on how shrimp fits into the Blue Foods agenda and inspire us with his opinions about what shrimp can learn from salmon to become one of the sustainable proteins of the future.

More speakers will be announced soon.
Melanie Siggs
/ Melanie Siggs

Melanie Siggs has worked internationally in strategic roles for both commercial and NGO organisations across the food and timber sectors. She has specialised in fisheries and aquaculture over the past 14 years. She is a consultant to the Global Seafood Alliance, Vice President of The Centre for Responsible Seafood and an Advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Ocean Program ‘Friends of Ocean Action’. Melanie is a former Special Adviser to HRH The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit. Melanie is a frequent speaker on sustainable seafood and a regular facilitator for UN FAO, The High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, OECD, World Economic Forum, and The Economist.

She is an Honorary Professor of the Heriot Watt University and holds an MSc in Responsibility & Business Practice (Bath).