The Common Vision for Sustainable Seafood helps seafood businesses deliver on their commitments to responsible seafood sourcing. Businesses need to ensure the long-term viability of their seafood supply and the Common Vision provides a path businesses can take to move toward that goal.
First released in 2008, the Common Vision describes six realistic steps companies can take to develop and implement a sustainable seafood policy. In 2018 the document was updated to reflect industry progress and changes to the landscape. In 2022, the Alliance will once again update the Common Vision.
Business leaders and NGOs have worked together to make the seafood industry more responsible. With an updated Common Vision and continued partnership, together, we can build on this progress and address emerging challenges so that we can continue to support thriving marine ecosystems and livelihoods for the communities who are counting on them.
Steps to Achieve a Common Vision for Sustainable Seafood
Make a Public Commitment
Develop a comprehensive commitment on sustainable seafood that includes timebound objectives for addressing environmental and social issues and traceability.
collect data on seafood products
Monitor the sustainability of seafood products and assess labor and human rights risks within the supply chains you source from.
make responsible sourcing decisions
Support sustainable and improving seafood sources through purchasing decisions.
Make information regarding the environmental and social performance of seafood products publicly available and report on progress against your sustainable seafood commitment.
educate staff, customers, and vendors
Educate employees, customers, suppliers, and other key stakeholders about sustainable seafood, including the importance of addressing environmental and social issues and working toward full traceability.
support improvements in fisheries and aquaculture
Engage in policy and management reform that leads to positive social, economic, and environmental outcomes in fisheries and aquaculture production, including ensuring implementation of core labor standards.