Traceability and IUU Fishing Resources
Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is a global problem which can imperil the survival of threatened species, undermine government efforts to sustainably manage marine resources, and unfairly impact law-abiding seafood businesses. Unfortunately, IUU product can enter the U.S. through legitimate market channels, potentially causing problems for the U.S. seafood industry by putting companies’ reputations at risk and undermining consumer confidence in sustainable seafood products.
FishWise works with seafood companies to improve the sustainability and traceability of their seafood supply chains. A “traceable” seafood product is one that can be tracked back through the supply chain to its source, be that a fishery or an aquaculture facility, including all transformations of that product. Traceability is a critical tool for maintaining food safety, improving logistical efficiency, verifying sustainability claims, and ensuring products are caught or farmed legally and are not mislabeled.
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The following list is a collection of resources authored or summarized by FishWise on the topic of traceability and illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing in the seafood industry.
Reports and Guidelines:
- FishWise White Paper: Advancing Traceability in the Seafood Industry: Assessing Challenges and Opportunities
- White Paper: Expert Panel on Legal and Traceable Wild-Caught Seafood
- IMO Number Briefing: Bringing Fishing Vessels out of the Shadows
Multi-stakeholder meetings on traceability:
- Traceability Best Practices Workshop, Seafood Summit, 2015
- Multi-Stakeholder Traceability and IUU Strategy Meeting, October 2014
- IUU Fishing Action Plan Workshop, Seafood Summit 2012
- Global Food Traceability Center
- Pew Ending Illegal Fishing Campaign
- Global Ocean Commission
- World Wildlife Fund
- Environmental Justice Foundation
- Future of Fish
To learn more about FishWise’s work on traceability and IUU, please contact us.