New Opportunities for Using Certification and Ratings to Accelerate Fisheries and Aquaculture Improvements
The sustainable seafood movement has made tremendous progress over the past two decades, but everyone agrees that we need to find ways to accelerate the pace of improvements in fisheries and aquaculture globally. Doing this requires a clear understanding of the current status of sustainable seafood production and demand as well as gaps that the movement needs to address — and a commitment to work in innovative, collaborative ways to make more progress more quickly.
Global seafood certification and ratings programs hold a treasure trove of data on the environmental and social performance of fisheries and aquaculture. However, the data of each individual program becomes much more powerful when combined with others to create a more complete picture of the sustainable seafood landscape. The Certification & Ratings Collaboration is developing an online data tool and report that combines this data for the first time to create a comprehensive map of the status of sustainable seafood production and demand around the world. The report will be released in early 2019, followed by the online data tool in fall 2019. The Collaboration is also finding new ways to work together to increase efficiency and coordinate on-the-ground improvement work.