I’m Adriana Sánchez and the Sustainability Director for Sea Delight, LLC, and the President of the Sea Delight Ocean Fund, Inc. For the last five years, I have been responsible for coordinating development efforts for Global Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs). My role has been focused on strategic planning, evaluation, and management of international and multicultural teams and projects. I have also been fostering partnerships with members of the seafood industry and other conservation groups to assist in the proper development and implementation of Sea Delight’s sustainability initiatives.
As a result of these efforts it became apparent that we could make an even better impact by founding the Sea Delight Ocean Fund, Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) charity organization. The Sea Delight Ocean Fund supports the implementation and expansion of existing marine conservation programs as well as developing new programs for the improved management of global fisheries. These efforts not only benefit the industry by ensuring a stable supply chain, but also benefit the fishermen and their families by securing their livelihoods as they too depend on the availability of these resources.
Both Sea Delight and our charity arm are our family business. It was founded by my father and I work alongside my two sisters and stepmother. These women are responsible for the day-to-day operations of our company and are the administrative backbone we need in order to operate. Working closely with women in different roles has made me wonder who are the women in seafood? What insight and lessons learned can they offer from their experience working in this industry? What are their aspirations for this industry and how do they contribute to its future? Thus the Women in Seafood series was born.
Some of these women I have met and some I have yet to meet, but I have always admired their tenacity and professionalism. Now is our chance to shine a spotlight on the “women in seafood” who are making big strides in an exciting field that can reap major benefits for the future.
We asked each featured woman a series of questions that are less focused on how women work vis-à-vis men and more focused on the actual work these women are doing in regard to seafood and sustainability. These are role models, many of whom have paved the way for a new generation of female leaders in an industry that was primarily led by men. Though in the past, when speaking about women in seafood the focus is usually on sexism and stereotypes, it was important for me to ask questions that can be answered without perpetuating stereotypes of women’s roles.
More importantly, this project is not exclusionary. This series also helps men in the industry get to know who these female movers and shakers are. We are kicking off the series on January 6, 2016 as part of what we call “Women in Seafood Wednesdays.” We will feature one woman every other week.
If you know or work with great women in seafood, please share this opportunity with them and encourage their participation by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Stacey Schrager at email@example.com.