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. Five global certification and ratings programs – the Seafood Certification & Ratings Collaboration – are developing a new report that provides a comprehensive picture of the current status of global fisheries and aquaculture, including case studies highlighting progress made and improvement priorities for eight seafood sectors.
Chris Ninnes, CEO of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, will moderate this session and start off with a briefing on the report’s global takeaways. Then the session will share two case studies of how producers and buyers in Asia are using certification and ratings programs as tools to accelerate fisheries and aquaculture improvements. Songlin Wang, president of the Qingdao Marine Conservation Society, will talk about the role of certification and ratings in fisheries and aquaculture improvement and seafood buyer sustainability efforts in China. Satoshi Matsumoto from Japanese Consumers’ Co-operative Union and Shunji Murakami, vice president of Seafood Legacy, will discuss how sourcing certified seafood and supporting improvement projects help businesses advance their sustainability goals while supporting fisheries to improve their performance.