From Sea to Fork: How Industry Collaborations Drive Change in Sustainable Seafood from the Net to Your Table
This webinar explores two distinct yet complimentary organizations’ roles within the sustainable seafood movement: Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and Shedd Aquarium’s Right Bite program. Participants learn about the operations, scope, and mission of each and get an insider’s perspective on how collaboration between partners such as Shedd and SFP is vital to the success and growth of the sustainable seafood movement.
Aislinn Gauchay of Shedd and Kathryn Novak of SFP demonstrate how all players in the market – from NGO’s to consumers, and distributors to fishermen – must be committed to sustainability for there to be true and lasting change in the seafood industry.
Webinar Presenter Bios:
Aislinn Gauchay, Manager, Great Lakes and Sustainability, oversees the strategic management, organization and implementation of the Great Lakes and Sustainability department and Shedd’s environmental initiatives, including: Great Lakes conservation, sustainable seafood, and general sustainable practices. Gauchay engages with diverse audiences from the Great Lakes community to build issue awareness and to position Shedd as a trusted voice and conservation leader. Gauchay also manages the Midwest’s leading sustainable seafood initiative, Right Bite, working with thousands of individuals, families and culinary professionals to increase the availability of sustainable seafood in Chicago’s vibrant marketplace. Gauchay began her career at Shedd in the Development Department as the Coordinator of Donor Relations and Special Events where she executed over 100 events annually including the Auxiliary Board’s primary fundraising event BLU. Aislinn’s transition to conservation began when she became co-trip leader of Shedd Aquarium’s Iguana Research Expedition in the Bahamas in 2011 and 2012. Aislinn was a member of New York University’s archaeological excavations team in Egypt’s Dakhleh Oasis and graduated with honors from Illinois Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Greek and Roman Studies.
Kathryn Novak is the Director of Buyer Engagement at Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). She joined SFP in 2009, just two years into the organization’s existence, and helped to shape the development of what is now the Buyer Engagement Division. In that role, Kathryn has been the architect of much of the way that SFP approaches its corporate Partners. In addition to overseeing the Buyer Engagement team, she serves as the liaison to nearly a dozen of SFP’s largest partners, including Walmart, Sam’s Club, High Liner, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, and Publix Super Markets. She is responsible for helping them to develop and implement sustainable seafood policies, and works closely with their supply chains to coordinate engagement in fishery and aquaculture improvement projects. Previous to SFP, Kathryn began her conservation career at the Ocean Conservancy, where she worked with fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico to improve their fishing practices. Originally from Saratoga, New York, Kathryn has a B.A. in Communications from the State University of New York at Albany. She is based in Colorado.