New Tool Helps Seafood Businesses Fight Illegal Fishing

Date: November 10, 2021

Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts

In a global seafood market where consumers are increasingly concerned about sustainability, wholesalers and retailers need sharper tools to help ensure that the fish they sell was responsibly—and legally—caught. This is especially important given that illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing costs the global economy up to $23.5 billion annually in lost revenue and jobs while threatening food security and livelihoods and skewing scientific fishery assessments.

Those conditions were the impetus behind a 2017 code of practice to help the seafood industry verify the sources of the products it sells, and now that code will be even more effective thanks to the release of an accompanying implementation toolkit.

The 2017 publicly available specification—PAS 1550: 2017—was developed by The Pew Charitable Trusts in collaboration with the Environmental Justice Foundation, Oceana and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) with support from Oceans 5 and the seafood industry.

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