Jump to Content

Ensuring Seafood Safety After a Disaster

November 15, 2013

This webinar is co-hosted by the Environmental Law Institute and the D.C. Bar's Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section.

Recent coastal and marine disasters like the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil release in the Gulf of Mexico and the Fukushima Daichii nuclear disaster following the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami drew particular attention to procedures for assessing seafood safety in the aftermath of a major disaster. This seminar brought together government, non-governmental, and industry experts to discuss the impacts of recent natural disasters on finfish and shellfish, as well as the framework for responding to and assessing potential contamination from these disasters. Panelists paid particular attention to the role of the federal government in orchestrating response efforts and to how commercial enterprises react and respond to these disasters.

  • Peter Koufopoulos, Chief, Seafood Processing and Technology Policy Branch, Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food & Drug Administration
  • Harlon Pearce, Owner, Harlon's LA Fish and Former Chair, Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board and Ewell Smith, Former Executive Director, Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board
  • Timothy Fitzgerald, Marine Scientist/Senioar Policy Specialist, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Jordan Diamond, Co-Director, Ocean Program, Environmental Law Institute




This seminar is made possible by the generous support of
the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation.

  Click here for more information on ELI's Ocean Seminar Series