Advancing Human Rights in Responsible Aquaculture
Aquaculture has become increasingly important to the global supply of fish and is now supplying more than half of the fish used for human consumption. While the aquaculture sector is considered of key importance to supply the global population with animal protein and key nutrients, the sector has also been associated with labor and human rights violations. Voluntary standards have emerged in response to consumer and civil society organizations’ concerns about ethical and environmental issues related to global food value chains (Hatanaka 2010). However, social and labor issues are considered difficult to codify, and it has been argued that standards may create pockets of improved working conditions. In 2018, the Global Aquaculture Alliance contracted KIT Royal Tropical Institute to assess the social impact of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) fish farm and processing plant standards in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Chile. The study developed a Theory of Change for how social standards aim to achieve long-term outcomes for the aquaculture sector and the people, communities, and countries the sector affects, directly or indirectly. This workshop focuses on key learnings from the study to inform an interactive discussion on tools to measure the impact of initiatives to eliminate human rights abuse in the seafood supply chain.