We’re Shining the Spotlight on ‘Women in Seafood’ with our New Series!

I’m Adriana Sánchez and the Sustainability Director for Sea Delight, LLC, and the President of the Sea Delight Ocean Fund, Inc. For the last five years, I have been responsible for coordinating development efforts for Global Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs). My role has been focused on strategic planning, evaluation, and management of international and multicultural teams and projects. I have also been fostering partnerships with members of the seafood industry and other conservation groups to assist in the proper development and implementation of Sea Delight’s sustainability initiatives.

As a result of these efforts it became apparent that we could make an even better impact by founding the Sea Delight Ocean Fund, Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) charity organization. The Sea Delight Ocean Fund supports the implementation and expansion of existing marine conservation programs as well as developing new programs for the improved management of global fisheries. These efforts not only benefit the industry by ensuring a stable supply chain, but also benefit the fishermen and their families by securing their livelihoods as they too depend on the availability of these resources.

Both Sea Delight and our charity arm are our family business. It was founded by my father and I work alongside my two sisters and stepmother. These women are responsible for the day-to-day operations of our company and are the administrative backbone we need in order to operate. Working closely with women in different roles has made me wonder who are the women in seafood? What insight and lessons learned can they offer from their experience working in this industry? What are their aspirations for this industry and how do they contribute to its future? Thus the Women in Seafood series was born.

Some of these women I have met and some I have yet to meet, but I have always admired their tenacity and professionalism. Now is our chance to shine a spotlight on the “women in seafood” who are making big strides in an exciting field that can reap major benefits for the future.

We asked each featured woman a series of questions that are less focused on how women work vis-à-vis men and more focused on the actual work these women are doing in regard to seafood and sustainability. These are role models, many of whom have paved the way for a new generation of female leaders in an industry that was primarily led by men. Though in the past, when speaking about women in seafood the focus is usually on sexism and stereotypes, it was important for me to ask questions that can be answered without perpetuating stereotypes of women’s roles.

More importantly, this project is not exclusionary. This series also helps men in the industry get to know who these female movers and shakers are. We are kicking off the series on January 6, 2016 as part of what we call “Women in Seafood Wednesdays.” We will feature one woman every other week.

If you know or work with great women in seafood, please share this opportunity with them and encourage their participation by contacting me at adriana@sea-delight.com or Stacey Schrager at stacey@staceyschrager.com.


 Manuel Álvarez Dávila brings years of experience in the international seafood markets to Sea Delight Europe, SLU

 MIAMI – April 29, 2015 – Eugenio Sánchez, Sea Delight’s President, announced that Sea Delight has hired Manuel Álvarez Dávila as Managing Director for Sea Delight Europe, SLU.

“Manuel brings his vast experience and knowledge of the European market in both retail as well as food service to the introduction of our products overseas,” said Sánchez.

Álvarez brings years of experience to this new position. Prior to joining Sea Delight Europe, he was the Managing Director for Lat42north, S.L., an international business consulting firm that helped small-and medium-sized enterprises enter international markets. Álvarez has held various senior management positions within the seafood industry, including Pescanova Group, where he was the Director of International Division, paving the way in worldwide seafood sales; NPC (Saudi Arabia), a leading aquaculture company producing shrimp, fish, sea cucumber and algae in the Red Sea coast where he was Director of International Sales & Marketing. He has held other senior management positions including Director of International Sales & Marketing, Export Manager, Commercial Manager and Trader for various companies throughout Spain.

Álvarez completed the Program for Leadership Development (PLD) from IESE Business School, holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Business from CECO, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Saint Louis University. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.



Sea Delight Europe, SLU was founded in 2012 by Eugenio Sánchez, Leopold Landry and Cesar Bencosme as an initiative seeking to target the market of frozen seafood products in Europe. Mr. Sánchez, Mr. Landry and Mr. Bencosme’s combined industry experience developed over 30 years of working in the seafood business, have quickly helped our affiliated company, Sea Delight Canada, SL become an industry leader in the market of both high-quality frozen and fresh seafood in Canada. Superior products, excellent customer service and our commitment to responsible business practices have grown Sea Delight Canada, SL, and its sister companies, Sea Delight, LLC and Sea Delight International into market leaders and international conservation specialists in the seafood industry today. For sales or further information please visit www.sea-delight.eu or call +34.828.016.024

Sea Delight & Oceanaire Seafood Room Rock 2015 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Sea Delight proudly partnered with renowned Chef Kareem Anguin of Oceanaire Seafood Room at the 2015 South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

Starting with Sea Delight’s donation of 400 lbs of our responsibly sourced Mahi Mahi, Chef Anguin created his mouth watering Caribbean influenced Jerk Mahi with Citrus Sweet Potato and Pineapple Chutney.

The crowds went wild for the bold flavors of our Mahi and learned how important sustainable seafood is to our future.


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Miami, FL – February 10, 2015 – Sea Delight, LLC (www.sea-delight.com) the industry leader in providing the finest seafood products from responsible fisheries and traceable sources across the globe, has partnered with FishWise, a leader in sustainable seafood consultancy, to create a public sustainable seafood policy. The policy formalizes a framework to support better fishing practices that Sea Delight has engaged in for years. “It’s a natural progression for Sea Delight to now have a public sustainability policy to continue to build and expand our sustainable seafood efforts and attain measurable goals,” says Sea Delight’s Sustainability Coordinator, Adriana Sanchez-Lindsay.

Sea Delight’s public sustainability policy details seafood sourcing, product sustainability assessment, fishery improvement projects, industry reform, education, and partnerships. “Sea Delight is one of the first seafood distributors in the U.S. to publicly set out clear and measurable sustainability goals,” says FishWise Executive Director Tobias Aguirre. “This includes increasing sourcing from fishery improvement projects — multi-stakeholder efforts to address environmental challenges in a fishery. It also directs Sea Delight’s suppliers to actively participate in these projects and implement procedures.”  Highlights of the policy include:

  • Sea Delight recognizes the role that seafood distributors play in contributing positively toward seafood sustainability and preferentially sources its seafood utilizing sustainability ratings and eco-certifications.
  • Accurate data collection and reporting help Sea Delight maintain the quality of its products which benefits the entire supply chain through information sharing. Sea Delight has pledged to create a company traceability policy to strengthen transparency and ensure accountability by the end of 2015.
  • Sea Delight is committed to supporting and improving its source fisheries by creating and assisting various fishery improvement projects and has deepened this commitment by funding seafood sustainability projects through the nonprofit, the Sea Delight Ocean Fund.

Sea Delight, LLC, operates in conjunction with ADS Seafood Inc., dba Atlantic Fisheries from its 16,000 sq. ft headquarters located in the Doral area of Miami, Florida.  To view the sustainability policy, for sales or further information please visit www.sea-delight.com or call Toll Free at 888-FISH-199 or 305.594-979.


Sea Delight signs Vietnam Yellowfin Tuna Fishery Improvement Project Partner Agreement with WWF

Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, Dec. 3, 2014

At the closing of a Community Discussion Group held here in the fishing port of Tam Quan, Binh Dinh Province, the final signatures were placed on the VN Tuna FIP Partner Agreement. The agreement was signed with WWF-CTP and WWF-US.

1Keith Symington (WWF CTP) and Stephen Fisher (Sea Delight) signing the FIP Agreement

As per the agreement itself the parties in the partnership will “support the Vietnam FIP, which aims to guide the longline/handline tuna industry on a path towards sustainability and ultimately Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification”

The topics discussed with stakeholders in the local tuna fishery at the meeting were directly related to the Tuna FIP workplan. Stakeholders expressed their views on how to improve traceability, onboard logbook coverage and the training of onboard observers from local fishing communities. A report on the meeting can be found this month on the Sea Delight website.


Report on the Luwuk/Banggai Bottomfish FIP

Dec. 14, 2014 The Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) in Luwuk/Banggai, Central Sulawesifor the handline bottomfish fishery has been in place for over 3 years.  Through the guidance of WWF Indonesia Seafood Savers, Sea Delight has been conducting a program of Logbook Data collection and other activities to collect information on the multiple target species of the fishery.

  1. Logbook Data Collection.

The logbook data records the volume of purchased raw material based on Sea Delight’s local supplier’s receiving receipts. This data has been collected since 2011 and finally reached its third year of collection in October, 2014.  This data can now be used to analyze reef fish stock in the fishery and has been shared with WWF Seafood Savers for analysis. However, as per the last discussion with Seafood Saver Staff, The Logbook data will continue to be collected since it is required to monitor the stock as well as to maintain the product traceability.

  1. Scientific Data Collection

Also being collected is data based on gonad (sexual) maturity level. Individual fish length composition, which is standard length, tail fork length, total length in centimeters and weight in kilos as well as sex identification are entered onto the data collection form daily. This data collection project has been implemented for over 1 year at the date of this writing.


Scientific Data Collection

  1. Android Platform Landing Data Collection

In 3 fishing communities in the fishery a new method of catch data collection is being tested. Instead of paper records android tablets are used to record and upload the data. The application itself is called “AKVO” and the data has just started to be collected since September 2014 in 3 different fishing communities;  Pagimana, Pangkalasean and Banggai Laut.

2Enumerator collecting catch data with android tablet

 The data collected using the AKVO system records the number of fishermen, number of boats, boat’s engine size, length of the vessel and the catch of each target species. The program is also being used to compile a fish name dictionary in the local dialect. Everyday, enumerators standby in thelanding station to interview the fishers for all the data required in the AKVO form. This data is sent to the WWF Seafood Savers administrator automatically whenever an internet connection is available.


 Actual AVCO form on screen



Currently satellite communication devices using GPS satellite technology are being tested to help map the fishing grounds and test capability for fishers to communicate with simple messages; “I am OK”, “I see illegal fishing” and “Emergency Help!”.  In the small fishing community of Pangkalasean one vessel has been using the SPOT device successfully.

Banggai Laut

This November was the first trial of using SPOT in Banggai Laut area. Since there are many fishing grounds in this area, the enumerator will give the SPOT alternately to one fisher per village per month or two or per fishing season.

More reports will follow as our progress with the Luwuk/Banggai FIP continues.

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Community Discussion Group Highlights- Vietnam Tuna FIP Milestones

Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, Dec. 3, 2014

Hosted by the Binh Dinh Province Sub-Department of Capture Fisheries and Resource Protection (DECAFIREP) and the Tam Quan Village Peoples Committee, a Community Discussion Group was held at the town hall. Invited to the meeting were stakeholders in the local hook and line tuna fishery based in Tam Quan port. These stakeholders included fishers and vessel owners, local government and fisheries authorities, local tuna traders, representatives of WWF Vietnam (WWF VN) and WWF Coral Triangle Programme (WWF CTP) and representatives from Sea Delight.

The subject of the Community Meeting was to open dialogue on the new Vietnam Tuna Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) and explore ideas on how to work on some important milestones from the FIP Work Plan. The specific tasks on the agenda were improving traceability from vessel to end user, improving the number of vessels filling out WCPFC catch data logbooks, improving the quality of the logbook data being collected and exploring the possibility of training members of the local fishing community to be onboard observers. All proceedings were translated into Vietnamese or English as required.

Highlights of the meeting were presentations by Binh Dinh Sub-DECAFIREP head, Ms. Mai Kim Thi on the current tuna fishery and community in Tam Quan, by Mr. Keith Symington of WWF CTP on the concept of a FIP and the Vietnam FIP in particular, and by Ms. Nguyen Dieu Thuy of WWF VN on onboard observer programs.

1Sub DECAFIREP Chief, Mai Kim Thi, talks about the Tam Quan tuna fishing community

 2Ms. Nguyen Dieu Thuy (WWF VN) delivers her presentation on onboard observer training

 Sea Delight representative Stephen Fisher kicked off the community discussion with a short presentation on traceability, logbook coverage and observer training.

The subjects were well received by all participants and resulted in lively discussions and many useful suggestions on how to tackle the FIP tasks.

3Community members engaged in a lively discussion on the meeting topics

 Local government officials expressed full support for the FIP and the work plan tasks and promised cooperation. The fishers and vessel captains all supported efforts to improve traceability and logbook coverage. 100% of the fishers present advised they already were filling out the WCPFC logbook on each trip, but admitted the quality of data being entered could be improved.

Many local stakeholders were interested in the concept of training onboard observers from the fishing community. Several vessel captains volunteered to undertake the training. Others in the meeting reminded them that it was difficult to run a fishing boat and conduct complicated observer work, like taking photos and measuring fish length, at the same time. Others wanted to know how much an observer earned. Sea Delight expressed support for the program and a willingness to participate in both looking for candidates for observer training and assisting in the actual training sessions.

The next steps for the tuna FIP and Sea Delight are to work with the tuna supply chain to improve and standardize traceability systems and to begin training of onboard observers and port enumerators for actual deployment next year.

Full reports on this upcoming activity will appear here on the Sea Delight website.


Tuna unloading on the dock at Tam Quan




It’s going to be a flavor explosion that can’t be found in any one restaurant. Taste of the Sea is set to cast off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 4th. At Taste of the Sea you will savor the finest responsibly sourced seafood dishes created by 10 of South Florida’s all-star chefs. Guest will enjoy wine and spirits to compliment each dish along with music, raffles and a variety of silent auction item to bid on.

Hosted by Clear Channel’s Y-100 FM radio personality Chris Cruz, the inaugural Taste of the Sea will take place from 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. at the tropical marina setting of Casablanca on the Bay located at 1717 North Bayshore Drive, Suite 200, Miami, FL 33132.

Taste of the Sea’s all-star chefs and restaurants include Oceanaire, Piccolo Ristorante, Realty TV’s Sidewalk Chef and Casablanca on the Bay. Participating spirits include Diplomatico Rum, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Republic National Wine, Craft Beers by Biscayne Bay Brewing Company and Onli Water, because life is meant to sparkle.

In addition to sampling some of the finest responsibly sourced seafood and spirits, Sea Delight Ocean Fund has brought together leaders in marine and ocean preservation for an incredible interactive and educational Conservation Village, including the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, University of Miami Shark Research, Florida International University Medina Aquarius Program, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Gulf Wild, the Coastal Steward, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, and Shark Team One.

“We are thrilled to launch this inaugural Taste of the Sea seafood tasting event with the collaboration of South Florida’s talented chefs and restaurants as well as the MSC and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. It’s incredible to have the support of these giants in the marine conservation arena alongside these gifted culinary masters,” boasted Adriana Sanchez-Lindsay, Sustainability Coordinator of Sea Delight and President of the Sea Delight Ocean Fund.

For additional event information and tickets, please visit:


SeaShare and the 2014 class of Future Leaders

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Jim Harmon from SeaShare met with the National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) 2014 class of Future Leaders (45 seafood professionals) in Portland on July 10.   They discussed the ongoing need for seafood donations, plus the opportunity for all members to help raise funds for hunger-relief.  Jim also explained the marketing and development project that SeaShare is working on, and the need to broadcast their new message after it launches in mid-October.  The class said they would discuss, and come up with a plan to help.

SeaShare has been in contact with many of the class members over the last month, and their efforts are picking up steam.  There are plans to:

  1. Challenge companies for seafood donations during the 4th quarter.
  2. Compete regionally in fundraising.  This will include sports themed events.
  3. Share SeaShare’s new marketing tools; peer to peer, through company website links, and in marketing materials, all during the 4th quarter.
  4. Volunteer at Feeding America’s food bank in Las Vegas Nevada during the NFI conference on Jan. 26th.

This is shaping up to be a great group effort to put more seafood on more tables.  Please contact Jim or Mary Harmon at SeaShare if you have more ideas:






In order to manage a responsible utilization of fish resources, Ministry Marine Affairs and Fisheries held a meeting “Forum Coordination Fish Resources Utilization Management (FKPPS) Regional III NRI WPP-713, 714, 715 and 718 on 2 – 3 June, 2014 in Palu, Central Sulawesi with theme: “Management of Fish Resources Sustainable Utilization Through Implementation of Fisheries Management Plan (RPP) and the Ecosystem approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM).”  The ceremony of FKPPS Regional III was opened by Governor of Central Sulawesi Province and gathered some 64 participants from Ministry Marine Affairs and Fisheries, regional leaders of Central Sulawesi Province, Marine and Fisheries Agency from WPP – NRI 713, 714, 715 and 718; Fishing ports officer from WPP – NRI 713, 714, 715 and 718; Academia (Bogor Agriculture University, Palu Tadulako University and Palu Al Khairat University), Research and Development of Central Sulawesi province, Fish Quarantine Station Class II – Palu; Regional Environmental Agency; Water Police Directorate-Central Sulawesi, Palu Navy; Chairman of the Forum KUB INKAMINA Central Sulawesi; WWF-Indonesia; The Nature Conservancy (TNC); Fisheries experts of Indonesia Marine and Climate Support Project (IMACS), Marine Protected Area Governance (MPAG); National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) and private sector. This meeting was a follow up to the FKPPS meeting in Ambon, 19 – 20 March, 2014. NOAA PPT

Presentation from National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA)

Based on (1) Message from Governor of Central Sulawesi and Message from Director of Fish Resources at the opening FKKPS Regional III; (2) EAFM leads by Dr. Rusty Brainard and Megan Moews-Asher from National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration-NOAA; (3) Fisheries Management Plan Progress and Regulation of Andon Fishermen in order to Fish Resource Management presented by Directorat of Fish Resources; (4) Control and Allocation of Fishing Efforts by Inspectorate General; (5) Discussion of Draft Review Fisheries Management Plan WPP-NRI 713, 714, 715 and Preparation of Management Action Plan WPP- NRI 713, 714 and 715; and consider to all participants feedback, the forum has summarized and decided all the list below:

  1. Sustainable fish resources Management in WPP-NRI carried out through the implementation of the Fishery Management Plan (RPP) using EAFM.
  2. Public consultation and coordination between stakeholders is a part of EAFM process especially in a level of preparation Fisheries Management Plan.
  3. FKPPS Regional III 2014 in Palu is a phase of public consultation that would then be determined by decree of Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.
  4. Directorate of Catch Fisheries through Directorate Fish Resources and Law Firm General Secretariat Marine Affairs and Fisheries will continue process legalization of Fisheries Management Plan Document WPP-NRI 713, 714 and 715 on June2014.
  5. Fisheries Management Plan WPP-NRI 713, 714 and 715 should be supported with adequate funding and allocated in state budget (APBN), regional budget (APBD) and other source that will be implemented starting in 2015.
  6. To complete/update data and information on the situation of fisheries in each of the WPP-NRI that will be used as the basis for calculationg the allocation of fishing effort on 17 – 19 June 2014 in Bandung, then each province in WPP-NRI 713, 714, 715 and 718 prepare supporting data that includes: number and size of vessels issued permits, type of fishing gear, catches production, water area or lenght of coastal area, readiness of industrialization, data andon and data rumpon.
  7. Directorate General of Catch Fisheries, Provincial office and Office of District/City jointly carry out rumpon and andon data collection and coordinated at regional FKPPS meeting in 2015.
  8. The method that previously agreed is used as a standard to calculate allocation of fishing effort in WPP-NRI (Appendix 1).
  9. National Commision Fish Stock Assesment (KOMNAS KAJIKAN) provide recommendation to Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries to renew the ministry decree KP no. 45 of 2011 about Potential Estimation Fish Resources at WPP-NRI.
  10. FKPPS regional III year 2015 will be held in Bogor – West Java Province.


                         FKPPS Meeting             Draft Review Fisheries Management Plan

QUESTIONSQuestions and Discussion from Participants

Appendix 1. Formula Quota Distribution / Allocation (AK) per province and per district in a WPP-NRI Allocation measure: ALLOCATION MEASURES

Peubah Kriteria Bobot
W1 Jumlah nelayan Banyak Sedang Kecil
0.3 0.25 0.2
W2 Ketergantungan ekonomi terhadap SDI Tinggi Sedang Rendah
0.25 0.225 0.2
W3 Luas perairan Luas Sedang Sempit
0.2 0.175 0.15
W4 Skala usaha penangkapan ikan Kecil Sedang Besar
0.15 0.125 0.1
W5 Kesiapan industrialisasi Sangat Siap Siap Belum
0.1 0.075 0.05
CF1 Aktivitas konservasi Tinggi/Banyak Sedang Rendah/Kurang
0.6 0.55 0.5
CF2 Tingkat kepatuhan Tinggi/Penuh Sedang/Sebagian Rendah
0.4 0.3 0.2

Adjusment/Correction AK To ensure that the total allocation for all regions / fishing entrepreneur does not exceed JTB, then AK for every fishing entrepreneur needs to be adjusted / corrected as follows:: ADJ CORRECTIONS Where JTB97.5  is JTB minus 2.5% for reserve stock or for the regional/fishing entrepreneur who will comenext.