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Catching the Wave of the Blue Bio-economy

“Adding Value to Seafood in a Dynamic Environment”

Fisheries and aquaculture production and distribution systems are at the heart of the blue bio-economy.  As the supplier of the world’s most traded protein, the seafood sector has a pivotal role to play in building and maintaining global supply and distribution systems that ensure the delivery of safe, sustainable, and equitable products and services into the second half of the 21st Century.

The WSC2023 will explore how to optimise the contribution of fishery and aquaculture production and distribution to sustainable development, reflecting the interests of operators, workers along the supply chain and, crucially, consumers.


The Congress will bring together the businesses and people working in the global seafood trade and its supply chain. It will consider how to optimise their contributions and how the sector can adapt to the challenging dynamics of the physical, biological, informational, and socio-economic environment to ensure that businesses deliver safe, sustainable, and equitable products and services into the second half of the 21st Century. 

Key Thematic Areas: 


  • Advances in the science and technology of food from the aquatic environment

  • Optimisation of safe and sustainable value chains

  • Meeting global demands of markets and consumers

  • Molluscan Shellfish Safety

Organizing committees

International association fish inspectors

With technical cooperation of

Food and Agriculture Organization
United Nations Development Organization

Media Partner

Meet some of our speakers


th September 

  • IAFI Regional Developing Country Workshops, Supported by FAO and UNIDO

  • Welcome cocktail

st September 

  • Molluscan shellfish safety (biotoxins and microbiology)

  • Planning the human resource for the seafood sector

  • Evolving seafood safety risks

  • Challenges in seafood regulation, inspection and control

  • WSC 2023 Congress Dinner

  • IAFI Awards

th September 

  • Professional and social visit programme

th September 

  • Opening addresses

  • Science, technology and utilisation of fishery and aquaculture products

  • Health hazards, safety and nutrition of seafood

th September 

  • Ethical dimension of the global seafood trade

  • Final Round Table: Panel discussion on key themes

  • Congress close

  • IAFI General Meeting

Scientific Commission


* All prices inclusive, including taxes.

(1)Includes €50 annual subscription to IAFI.

(2)To be entitled to the student discount, students are required to present proof of full-time student status.


Please download the document and comply with the specifications.

Deadline for submission
9th June

Please email as an attachment to: and



The International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2023 Peter Howgate Award. This award will fund the attendance of a young fish technologist (under 30 years of age) to the World Seafood Congress 2023, to be held in Peniche, Portugal from 25-27th September 2023.


The Award will cover travel, accommodation and the congress fee, and this will afford the winning applicant a career changing opportunity to gain insights and build networks in the global fishery sector. The deadline for submission of applications is 19th May 2023.


More information and the application form is available from . You can also visit our Facebook page for updates and information about previous awards, as well as news on subjects of interest to fish technologists ( ).


All participants are required to pay their own accommodation and travel expenses


Peniche is well served with a wide range of hotels of different standards and prices, as well as guest houses, AirBNB etc. Peniche is also accessible from adjacent locations such as Consolação and Baleal. 

WSC discounts are available using promotional code WSC2023

How to get to Peniche

Peniche is about 1 hour by road from Lisbon airport. There are two main options for transport from Lisbon Airport to Peniche – bus or private transport

Public transport

Two bus lines serve Peniche, Rede Expressos (from Sete Rios Bus station) and Rodoviária do Oeste (from Campo Grande Bus station). In all cases check the timetables beforehand.

The Tourist Information office in the arrivals hall of Lisbon airport will be able to provide detailed route and ticketing advice.

Rede Expressos

From the airport take the Aerobus Line 3

Tickets (EUR4 one way) can be bought on the bus Disembark as Sete Rios bus terminus.

Buy tickets to Peniche in the station or purchase in advance:

Bilhetes, Preços e Horários | Rede Expressos (

Rodoviária do Oeste

From the airport catch the Metro Red line to Saldanha. Change to yellow line to Campo Grande

See: Lisbon-metro-map - Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E. (

At Campo Grande Bus Station (Rodoviária) buy tickets on the Rapida Azul to Peniche or purchase in advance:

Nova oferta de horários Rápida Azul | RDO | Rodoviária do Oeste (

Private transport

Airport taxis are always available at arrivals, but can turn quite expensive. Various rideshare options are available in Lisbon such as Uber and Bolt.

You may be able to book a private vehicle directly via your hotel or via Tripadvisor


Main Building, Politécnico de Leiria - Escola Superior de Turismo e Tecnologia do Mar (ESTM), Peniche

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