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The Alliance has created this guide to help the seafood industry understand the main tools and resources for a variety of environmental and social topics. We also list tools in development to help NGOs, academics, and others collaborate pre-competitively and align their efforts. 

Several helpful tools and resources exist, many created by Alliance Global Hub members. However, we have intentionally kept this list focused. When companies are ready to expand their learning and engage with these topics more deeply, we encourage them to join our free Global Hub to help inform Alliance strategy and projects and gain access to our online community of experts. 

AQUACULTURE IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS (AIPS) 

I’m interested in…

Learning more about the fundamentals of AIPs 

Understanding new tools under development

  • The Aquaculture Governance Indicators provide insight into how governments, industry, and civil society groups can make improvements towards sustainable aquaculture.

CLIMATE CHANGE 

 I’m interested in…

Learning about the intersection of climate change and seafood 

  • Explore the Shared Seas website that discusses why climate change is a threat to ocean health. 

DISCLOSURE AND TRANSPARENCY 

I’m interested in…

Disclosing my company’s seafood sources

  • The Ocean Disclosure Project enables seafood businesses to demonstrate their commitment to transparency and responsible sourcing of seafood by disclosing annual sourcing details of their seafood production for an annual fee. 
  • FishChoice.com allows fishery improvement projects to report on their progress (as noted in the FIP section), and allows companies to publish sustainability information about the products they sell. 

Advocating for government action on fisheries transparency

  • Encourage governments to participate in the Fisheries Transparency Initiative, which supports coastal countries to enhance the credibility and quality of national fisheries information.

FISHERY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS (FIPS) 

I’m interested in…

Learning more about the fundamentals of successful FIPs

Incorporating social and financial responsibility into a FIP

Gaining recognition for a Fishery Improvement Project

  • FisheryProgress.org provides access to consistent information about FIP progress, detailed evidence for improvements, and the ability to report against the new Social Responsibility Policy.
  • Sustainable Fisheries Partnership maintains a FIP toolkit that provides general guidance on how to initiate and run FIPs, as well as templates and examples of documentation.

HUMAN RIGHTS 

I’m interested in…

Learning more about human rights issues in seafood

  • The Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE) helps companies navigate social issues and create the conditions for decent work in the seafood industry with a focus on responsible recruitment, worker engagement and decent work at sea. 

Learning more about how social responsibility is defined

  • The Monterey Framework provides a definition of sustainable seafood for company commitments that encompasses both environmental and social responsibility. 

Assessing social responsibility risk in FIPs or other production

Learning more about what other companies are doing

  • The World Benchmarking Alliance Seafood Stewardship Index measures how the world’s 30 leading seafood companies are implementing social responsibility practices in seafood. 

Understanding new tools under development

  • The Decent Work in Fisheries Initiative aims to identify relationships between working conditions and forced labor. Recognizing enabling conditions and taking early action could protect fishers against more severe types of human rights abuses.
  • The Certification and Ratings Collaboration is exploring the concept of a Social Data Tool to complement their Sustainable Seafood Data Tool. 
  • The Seafood Slavery Risk Tool provides information based on professional assessments and perspectives from the fishing industry, civil society, and the human rights community.

This is only a brief list of tools available on human rights and social responsibility. Please see RISE for a more exhaustive list, or contact RISE to have your tool listed on the site.  

ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED, AND UNREGULATED FISHING (IUU)

I’m interested in…

Learning more about IUU fishing

  • The FAO hosts general information, tools, news, and resources for organizations interested in learning more about IUU fishing. 
  • The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability shares traceability and IUU knowledge virtually and in-person in order to spark creative solutions.

Learning more about regulations regarding IUU fishing

Learning more about risk assessment

  • The Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions and Friends of Ocean Action is developing an IUU Supply Chain Risk Tool in order to enable seafood companies and retailers to identify risk in their operations with one comprehensive tool. 

PRECOMPETITIVE COLLABORATIONS

 I’m interested in…

Learning about what pre-competitive platforms exist for seafood

  • CEA’s report on industry engagement platforms provides basic information and illustrates the breadth of different precompetitive and industry platforms focused on seafood sustainability.

SEAFOOD COMPANY SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS AND COMMITMENTS

I’m interested in…

Learning about how to create a sustainable and responsible seafood program

Assessing and comparing the performance of companies’ commitments and progress 

  • Seafood Progress is a report that tracks Canadian retailers’ performance against their sustainable seafood commitments. 
  • The Seafood Stewardship Index measures how the world’s 30 leading seafood companies contribute to the sustainable management of oceans and coastal ecosystems and work to ensure responsible social practices are implemented.
  • The FishChoice.com Partner Directory is a place to find sustainable sources of seafood from a variety of seafood companies. 

Understanding new reports under development

  • In development: Greenpeace report on Seafood Retailers and Tuna (will get more info from Greenpeace) 

SUSTAINABILITY AND GOVERNANCE 

I’m interested in…

Learning more about seafood ratings and certifications

Learning more about ratings coalitions and benchmarks

TRACEABILITY 

I’m interested in…

Learning more about traceability and advocating for government action 

  • The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability is a global community working together to share ideas and collaborate on solutions for legal and sustainable seafood, with a particular focus on traceability–the ability to track the movement of seafood through supply chains. 
  • Encourage government adoption of SALT Traceability Principles, which help to make the process of creating and administering a plan to collect useful data from fishing activities easier for companies and governments alike.

Implementing globally recognized standards for traceability in my supply chain

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