With over 22 years experience in the seafood industry, and countless awards and acknowledgments, John grew up in the coastal town of Victor Harbour in South Australia, in an extended family of manic fishermen, dairy farmers and horticulturalists. So from the start, his love of good produce was innate. During his years, completing a Bachelor of Arts (Commerce) and his post graduate studies, John ventured into restaurants at a crucial stage in the evolution of the industry. Cutting his teeth alongside the likes of the now legendary Cheung Liew, Tim Pak Poy, Christine Manfield, Phillip Searle and Margie Harris, this formative time in the Australian restaurant scene established within him, a thorough knowledge and passion for what it takes to prepare, cook and present great food. John’s knack for developing bonds with some of the most influential people in food, from gun producers, to high calibre chefs has seen him work around the world, from J.Lelande in Paris, to Japan and the Americas.
Back in Australia, he set up the legendary Flying Squid Bothers, an integrated scallop fishing business which became Australia’s first water to plate operation. Consistently regarded as a foremost authority on seafood, not only in Australia, but globally, John is a regular judge in consumer and industry awards and regularly appears on television, radio and print media to lend his expertise and views on sustainability and seafood. In 2004, John was admitted in to the Fairfax Australian Food Industry Hall of Fame, for his services to the Australian food industry. To add further insult to injury, Delicious Magazine also awarded him Outstanding Providore of the Year in 2012. To put it plainly, nobody quite knows seafood like John Susman. Thank god.
Sustaining the seas has an exciting line up
Scientist and science communicator, Cat Dorey has been working on fisheries and seafood sustainability for 14 years. Cat currently provides Greenpeace’s international “Not Just Tuna” Project with up-to-date analysis of current and emerging science and management issues for global tuna, shark and billfish fisheries and their relevant Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs). Cat represents Greenpeace at RFMO meetings, and works closely with other NGOs and academics working in this arena. Prior to this, Cat co-ordinated Greenpeace’s seafood projects that drove retailers and seafood brands around the globe to develop more sustainable and ethical seafood sourcing policies and practices. Cat is also a regular guest lecturer and speaker on fisheries and aquaculture issues, including for the Law, Policy and Sustainability unit at Sydney University Law School.
In-Conversation with Fishers
Can fishers, fish retailers and environmental works talk together? In this session we bring together sustainable seafood industry leader John Susman and sustainability campaigner, scientist and educator Cat Dorey in conversation with ‘the salt of the sea’ – the fishers whose work makes the seafood industry possible. We talk about traceability, regulations, wild capture fisheries, and ask what makes a fish sustainable.