Greenpeace’s Ocean Campaign focuses on ocean threats including industrial fishing, bycatch, human rights at sea, habitat impacts, and works to improve fishery management. Greenpeace evaluates U.S. retailers on traceability and other sustainability issues through its Carting Away the Oceans reports, and assesses canned tuna brands through its Tuna Shopping Guide. Greenpeace released Sea of Distress, its first evaluation of seafood sustainability among U.S. foodservice management companies and broadline distributors. Greenpeace is working to address transshipment at sea, inadequate observer coverage, insufficient monitoring, and control and surveillance regimes, which the organization has identified as major barriers to traceability efforts. Greenpeace also houses an IUU vessel blacklist on its website, which combines evidence from its own investigations with a compilation of official listings from around the world.
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Human Rights at Sea supports international communities with exposing the truth behind human rights abuses at sea through research and case studies, delivering methods to achieve social justice via legal and policy developments. With the implementation of human right provisions, they raise awareness and transparency of illicit human-rights operations at sea. Following 5 of the total 14 Sustainable Development Goal’s, they work to create accountability by participating in international advocacy to prevent inhumane activities and improve enforcement of legislation.
Inmarsat’s Fleet One offers fishing vessels of any size satellite voice and data services. It has a mobile app that allows users to map their location.
Inmarsat is working with USAID’s Oceans and Fisheries Partnership to provide communication technology to improve fisheries catch documentation and traceability through solutions such as Pointrek. Crew members on medium and large vessels will integrate existing monitoring systems and catch data with Inmarsat’s Fleet One and IsatData Pro technology, a global two-way messaging service for tracking and monitoring ports and vessels. USAID’s Oceans and Fisheries Partnership will pilot the technology in Bitung, Indonesia, and Songkhla, Thailand, where the system has been tested.
Inmarsat is also partnering with Thai Union and Mars Petcare, providing satellite communications to help crews maintain at-sea connectivity for quicker and easier digital catch reporting, communication, and fleet management.
KnowTheChain provides aresource for companies and investors to address forced labor in global supply chains.
The benchmarks and practical resources help companies operate more transparently and responsibly, while also informing investor decisions.
NSF Seafood provides independent, third-party consultative services, seafood product inspections, facility auditing services, independent surimi testing, and chemical/microbiological testing. NSF Seafood works with all types of clients, including importers, exporters, processors, aquaculture farms/facilities, retailers, restaurants and distributors to help ensure product safety, quality, consistency, transparency, and sustainability. NSF Seafood tests, assesses compliance with seafood safety, sanitation and GMP requirements, and inspects and assesses product quality attributes against recognized inspection methodology. Additionally, NSF Seafood will perform supplier audits or customize the scope of the audit to meet a company’s needs. NSF provides auditing services for Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), supplier audits to customized and NSF Seafood standards. They also have traceability, recall, and country of origin assistance and system audits.
SALT is a global initiative for knowledge exchange and action to promote legal and sustainable fisheries through improved transparency in seafood supply chains. SALT brings together the seafood industry, governments and nongovernmental organizations to accelerate learning and collaborate on innovative solutions for legal and sustainable seafood, with a particular focus on traceability. SALT is being led by FishWise with support from USAID, Walton Family Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
The objectives of SALT are to:
1) Expand accessible, interoperable and electronic catch documentation and traceability for wild capture
fisheries and aquaculture
2) Increase the capacity of seafood-producing countries to adopt catch documentation and traceability systems to strengthen fisheries management and verify fisheries data
3) Increase incentives and capacities for the seafood industry to adopt electronic traceability to ensure the legality of wild-caught fisheries products in their supply chains
4) Identify ways in which the implementation of electronic catch documentation and traceability can support human and labor rights for all seafood workers, food security, livelihoods and well-being
SAGE is building gender equality and women’s empowerment in global seafood production and an equitable, diverse, and inclusive seafood industry. To achieve their goal of gender equality by 2030 in at least 75% of global seafood production and the seafood industry, they conduct three complementary areas of work: i) educate and communicate about gender equality, ii) collaborate to assess and address systemic barriers to gender equality and encourage the adoption of gender equality principles in standards and improvement initiatives, and iii) build the capacity of a diverse women’s workforce and create pathways to integrate emerging women leaders
Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship is an initiative that connects the global seafood business to science, connects wild capture fisheries to aquaculture, and connects European and North American companies to Asian companies. The ambition is to lead a global transformation towards sustainable seafood production and a healthy ocean. The initiative will actively contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular Goal 14 – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.
Participants are pledging to work to eliminate IUU harvested products and any form of modern slavery in their supply chains. They will develop a code of conduct for their own operations and for their suppliers, in order to deliver on these commitments. They also pledge to work towards full traceability and transparency throughout their supply chains.
The Seafood Commons is a collaborative social venture to be openly developed by global seafood stakeholders across industry sectors, regulatory agencies, and society.
The Seafood Commons (SFC) will implement the foundation for a Purpose-Driven seafood industry – an open-source, self-governing system for integrated accountability, traceability, trust, and regeneration for the distribution of seafood worldwide.
The SFC project is based on an understanding of “the commons” as a place of engagement. Through SFC stakeholders will manage and govern according to agreed values and principles toward outcomes defined by efficiency, economy, equity, and justice. Our comprehensive approach is healing the tragedy of the commons.
For information on what philanthropic, government, and international agencies are funding initiatives around the world to better seafood traceability and counter-IUU fishing practices, please use the Funding the Ocean map.