Unlike some of the land-based protein industries, the seafood industry had not previously had many sustainability initiatives taking a landscape (or in this case seascape) based approach. These initiatives are collaborations between business and NGOs (and science, in the case of ISSF) to support the development of these industries to be future ready. The FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries provides guidance applicable across fisheries for their sustainable management, and has informed certification schemes such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The MSC, along with other seafood certification and ecolabel schemes such as the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP), form a basis for a market based approach to approximating seafood sustainability. More recently, the Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative (GSSI) has brought a rigor to seafood certification through benchmarking the different schemes available around the world.
Corporations are taking responsibility for ocean health, from seafood manufacturers to shipping companies to plastic manufacturers
The PNA member states are the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu, meaning that the PNA provides conservation measures for over 25% of the world’s tuna supply. Through collaboration, they have implemented many conservation measures throughout the oceans covered by the countries and place an emphasis on the processing of tuna within the PNA region to support livelihoods. Interestingly, many of these countries are also likely to be highly impacted by climate change.
Two of the most well-loved and consumed fish brought together two of the most significant industry initiatives – the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) focusing on farmed salmon and the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) focusing on tuna stock sustainability
As the largest seafood producer in the world, Thai Union was honored to participate in the SeaBOS initiative. Thai Union owns brands around the world such as Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, and King Oscar. It co-manufactures seafood products from tuna to sardines to shrimp for many other companies under their own labels, and is a significant producer of pet food. Thai Union is the fish in the tuna sandwich so to speak-it neither owns the boats that fish nor the retailers that sell. But its responsibility for sustainable business practices is clear. Recognizing the need to face its critics, for issues Jaumo phone number ranging from catch methods and fish stock sustainability to human rights, in 2016 Thai Union launched its sustainability strategy: SeaChange. Recognizing that seafood sustainability is complex, SeaChange has four pillars-Safe and Legal Labor, Responsible Sourcing, Responsible Operations, and People & Communities. Through aligning their sustainability strategy with three key UN Sustainable Development Goals-Zero Hunger, Decent Work and Economic Growth, and Life Below Water-a robust and now well recognized program was born.
With a corporate mission to be leading agents of change in the seafood industry and a strong sense of commitment to corporate responsibility from the top, the SeaChange strategy has begun make genuine change on the ground (and water). With initiatives ranging from eliminating recruitment fees for migrant workers in Thailand, to digital traceability and worker voice at sea on vessels, to fishery improvement projects to promote sustainable tuna fish stock management, others are starting to notice. After years of campaigning against Thai Union and its brands, in Greenpeace and Thai Union signed an agreement for sustainable, socially responsible seafood. The agreement was unusual in that it was global, and recognized Thai Union’s efforts to date as well as potential to bring about change in the seafood industry. The agreement builds upon SeaChange, including efforts to support best practice fisheries, improve other fisheries, reduce illegal and unethical practices in global supply chains, and bring more responsibly-caught tuna to key markets.