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  • About the Event

    UMass Dartmouth and Farm to Institution New England welcome you to watch the recording of the virtual 2021 New England Sea Summit focused on leveraging institutions to support local seafood producers, kelp and underutilized species. This day of programming included presentations from regional seafood experts, an engaging panel and stakeholder dialogue. Speakers shared how a team of colleges and supply chain partners tackled procurement issues through a 2018 New England Food Vision Prize from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation. Learn more about the challenges and opportunities of producing and sourcing farmed kelp and underutilized fish species in New England. Speakers also shared how they worked to bring underutilized species into community and university dining programs, even with the added challenges presented by a global pandemic. 

    Audience & Purpose

    The goal of the Sea Summit is to educate and unite anyone who is interested in: local and sustainable purchasing, procurement, food service operations, supply chains, and sustainable seafood. This event highlights the importance of local food initiatives, and encourage restaurants, hospitals, schools, colleges, and universities to help our region produce at least 50% of our food by 2060.

  • Details


    • Briana Warner, CEO of Atlantic Sea Farms, Kelp and Production
    • Barton Seaver, Chef, and Author of The Joy of Seafood and Superfood Seagreens
    • Kate Masury, Program Director, Eating with the Ecosystem

    Panel Speakers

    • Jamey Lionette, Director of Red’s Best Sustainable Seafood Program
    • Tom Barton, Executive Chef at Northeastern University
    • Kevin Gibbons, Executive Chef at UMass Dartmouth 
    • Suzie Flores, Owner of Stonington Kelp Company
    • Bill Blount, Life-long Massachusetts Fisherman


    • Laura Orleans, the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Director 
    • Kirby Roberts, Marketing and Catering Director at UMass Dartmouth, Chartwells Higher Education
    • Tania Taranovski, Director of Programs, Farm to Institution New England

    We invite you to DONATE to the Fishing Partnership Resiliency Fund
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    Fishing Partnership is a non-profit dedicated to improving the health, safety and economic security of commercial fishermen and their families. Founded in 1997, we bring critical support services and programs to more than 20,000 New England fishing families. With 4 office locations in Gloucester, New Bedford, Plymouth and Chatham, we deliver health and wellness, safety at sea and economic security services in the communities where fishing families live.

    Your one-time or recurring donation contributes to our Safety at Sea Training Programs, Health and Wellness Programs, Economic Assistance Programs, Substance Use Recovery Workshops, Mental Health Services and much more. Please answer the call today and make a donation to the Fishing Partnership Resiliency Fund.

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    This event was made possible with the generous support of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation.

    About the Institutional Seafood Projects

    UMass Dartmouth, Eastern Connecticut State University, Northeastern University, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (all Chartwells’ accounts) partnered with the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center to better support local aquaculture and fishing industries. This team collaborated on two Food Vision Prizes: 1) Underutilized, Local Fish and 2) Kelp Farming. Both projects sought to create a market for and raise awareness about underutilized local seafood products. To do this, the teams worked on supply chain logistics, developed new menus and recipes for the products, and engaged students and community members to build enthusiasm.

    About the New England Food Vision Prize

    The New England Food Vision Prize was designed by the Henry P. Kendall Foundation to accelerate progress towards the New England Food Vision, a bold vision that calls for our region to produce at least 50% of our food by 2060, while supporting healthy food for all, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities.

  • Presenter Bios

    Barton Seaver

    Barton Seaver is one of the world’s leading sustainable seafood experts and educators. Before leaving the restaurant industry to pursue his interests in sustainable food systems, he was an award-winning chef leading top seafood restaurants in Washington, DC. After traveling the world with the National Geographic Society, he translated his experiences into his leadership in the area of sustainable seafood innovations. As a member of the United States Culinary Ambassador Corp, Barton facilitates international conversations on sustainability and the role of food in resource management and public health. As the Director of the Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health, Barton led initiatives to inform consumers and institutions about how our choices for diet and menus can promote healthier people, resilient ecosystems, more secure food supplies, and thriving communities. He also served as a Senior Advisor in Sustainable Seafood Innovations at the University of New England and as a Sustainability Fellow at the New England Aquarium. An internationally recognized speaker, Barton has delivered lectures, seminars, and demos to a multitude of audiences. He has written seven seafood-centric books, including For Cod and Country, Two If By Sea, American Seafood and The Joy of Seafood. Seaver has contributed to Coastal Living, The Coastal Table, Cooking Light, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Fine Cooking, Fortune, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Saveur, the Washington Post, among many others. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, CNN, NPR, 20/20 and the TED stage. More at

    Briana Warner

    Briana Warner is the CEO of Atlantic Sea Farms, located in Portland, Maine. Founded in 2009, Atlantic Sea Farms is the first commercially viable seaweed farm in the United States, with the goal of diversifying how coastal waters are used while providing a domestic, fresh, and healthy alternative to imported seaweed products. Briana Warner has dedicated her life to doing well by doing good. She is passionate about our incredible home state and working with our partner farmers to “kelp the earth.” After serving several tours in the U.S. Foreign Service, Briana opened and sold a wholesale bakery in Portland focused on pies with an international flair and employing recent refugees resettled in the Portland area. Before taking the helm at Ocean Approved in 2018, she worked to diversify coastal incomes as the Economic Development Director at the Island Institute, a non-profit focused on sustaining island and coastal communities both in Maine and elsewhere.

    Kate Masury

    Kate Masury is the Program Director for Eating with the Ecosystem which promotes a place-based approach to sustaining New England’s wild seafood. Eating with the Ecosystem is committed to pioneering a unique solution to the challenges of sustaining wild-caught fisheries. They envision a local seafood marketing system that mirrors ecosystem dynamics, supports and engages community-based fishermen, and creates system resilience through positive feedback loops between the people who eat seafood and the ecosystems that produce it. By introducing new mental models for food system planning and new avenues for consumer engagement, they work to replace a piecemeal and reductionist view of sustainability with a systems-based, place-bound template for sustainability that serves the long-term benefit of the New England region’s people and ecosystems. A lifelong seafood lover, Masury’s enthusiasm for the marine environment stemmed from her upbringing on the coast of Maine. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Studies from College of the Holy Cross before spending five years in the nonprofit world teaching marine science to students of all ages on both the east and west coast. She then decided to pursue a career that combined her passion for marine science with her love for seafood and returned to school and received her Masters of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institute of Oceanography where she focused on sustainable seafood and fisheries.

    Jamey Lionette

    Jamey Lionette is Director of the Sustainable Seafood Program at Red’s Best, a Boston-based seafood wholesaler that aggregates from small, community-based fishing boats with a mission of supporting the livelihoods of American fishermen while sustaining fisheries for harvest. Red's Best partners with over 1,000 New England boats annually. By choosing Red’s Best, you can support an historic industry and reduce undue burden on our natural resources caused by importing fish. Red's Best supports fishermen whose livelihood depends on the catch. 

    Tom Barton

    Tom Barton is Executive Chef at Northeastern University where he brings over 20 years of culinary experience. Tom shares his culinary skills and knowledge in many ways: with guests at his Xhibition Kitchen; and with students through programs like Taste Testing with Tom Barton (TB3). Tom started his career at the Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton hotels, and has held such distinguished positions as Executive Sous Chef at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA, Executive Chef, Food and Beverage Director at the Boston World Trade Center, overseeing The Seaport Hotel, and Corporate Executive Chef for Sebastian’s.

    Kevin Gibbons

    Kevin Gibbons has been the Executive Chef at UMass Dartmouth for over 10 years, and has been a chef for over 20 years. Chef Kevin won the Chartwells Higher Education Northeast Regional Chef of the Year Award in 2012 and National Chef of the Year Award in 2016. Volunteering in the local community with Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) and teaching the art of cooking is his passion. He also is UMass Dartmouth's Freight Farmer, working in our on-campus, hydroponic farm to grow local lettuce. 

    Suzie Flores

    Suzie Flores is a former market development executive turned kelp farmer. She and her husband Jay run Stonington Kelp Company, the largest commercial seaweed farm in the state of Connecticut, selling food grade sugar kelp to local restaurants and shops as well as operating a small processing cooperative for sugar kelp. When not farming, Suzie engages in outreach and education around the sustainability of seaweed farming and works to support the development of an emerging blue economy in the north east.

    Bill Blount

    Bill Blount is the captain and owner of the fishing vessel Ruthie B, a 77-foot stern trawler that he designed and built in the late 1970s.  The boat is named for Bill's wife Ruth.  Bill has been fishing for over fifty years and was the last offshore commercial fisherman on Nantucket before he and his wife moved to New Bedford in 2018.  Over the years, Bill has experimented with multiple ways of selling his catch. In addition to selling through the New Bedford seafood auction, he has done direct sales to retailers and restaurants on Nantucket and also started a community supported fisheries program, or CSF, to sell fish directly to the public.  

  • Resources

    Chartwells Higher Education Monthly Newsletter 

    FINE case studies 

    The New England Food Vision Prize from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation

    Kelp & Underutilized Fish Recipes (PDF): from four schools and their chefs from Eastern State Connecticut University and a partnership with the Connecticut Chefs Association and their culinary students, Northeastern University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy,  University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    Visit the New Bedford Fishing Heritage website for educational resources about the fishing community including digital exhibits, seafood recipes, classroom curriculum, and more!

    Tour the Fishing Partnership website to read the Blog or see the free program offerings to fishermen.