The WSC is a bi-annual gathering of experts from across the global fishing industry, who come together to discuss sustainability, innovation and global export and trade. The last event, in 2013, was held in Newfoundland, Canada.
2015’s congress will be held at the state-of-the-art Grimsby Institute from 5–9 September, where Sir Ranulph will be joined by other high profile speakers from Defra, Seafish, the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, WorldFish and Meridian Prime.
He will take to the stage at the congress’ gala dinner (sponsored by Alaska Seafood) to address delegates and share with them anecdotes from his remarkable career in the field of exploration.
Sir Ranulph said: “I’ve been lucky enough to spend a large proportion of my life experiencing some of the most beautiful locations on the planet and as a result I have a deep respect for the natural world. My project invests a large amount of time into scientific research that informs our understanding of the environment and contributes to the protection of marine and land species.
“For that reason, it’s a pleasure to play a part in this year’s WSC and support an event that places such a strong emphasis on developing and implementing sustainable fishing practices.”
Hosted by Seafish, the industry authority on seafood, the WSC will bring together hundreds of delegates and key industry figures from across the global fishing industry. The theme of this year’s conference will be ‘Upskilling for the Future’, which will be analysed through a programme of expert panels, debates, workshops and formal presentations.
Tom Pickerell, technical director at Seafish said: “As one of the most accomplished explorers in modern history, it's a privilege to have secured Sir Ranulph Fiennes as one of our keynote speakers. We are looking forward to welcoming him to Grimsby – the heartland of the British fishing industry – for what looks set to be the most successful congress yet.”
Registration for the congress is now open and interested parties can sign up at: wsc2015.com/registration