2024 ReFED Food Waste Solutions Summit

June 11-13, 2024 | Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Convention Center

Thor Sigfusson, PhD

Founder and Chairman

The Iceland Ocean Cluster


Thor Sigfusson, PhD is founder and chairman of The Iceland Ocean Cluster (2011), the Ocean Cluster House (2012), co-founder of New England Ocean Cluster (2015), and founder and chairman of the Iceland Eco-Business Park (2023). The Ocean Cluster network, which Thor initiated, has expanded to four states in the US, Europe and Africa. Thor started a global movement in 2015 aiming for better utilisation of seafood byproducts, “100% Fish”. Thor received his PhD degree in International Business Networks from the University of Iceland in 2012. Thor has written nine books on seafood, innovation, and business networks. His latest book, 100% Fish, emphasizes the importance of zero-waste in the global seafood industry. Thor is founder/co-founder of several fish/food enterprises; Codland (2012), Collagen Ltd. (Now Marine Collagen) (2013), Hlemmur Food Hall (2017) and Grandi food Hall (2018).


Wednesday, June 12

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Let’s Rock the Boat: A Voyage into the World of Sustainable Seafood

Breakout Session 2

What innovative solutions exist for managing seafood waste? In an era when environmental concerns are at the forefront, understanding how sustainable seafood practices and seafood waste reduction intertwine is paramount for shaping a more sustainable food system. Our panel of experts will dive into the challenges and barriers that hinder efforts to reduce seafood waste, highlighting state-of-the-art approaches to ensure the health of marine ecosystems and meet the global demand for seafood – all while reducing waste. We'll examine the importance of sustainable sourcing, certification programs, and the role of consumers in driving positive change within the seafood industry.

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