Why have Seafish developed RASS?

Businesses globally are paying increasing attention to Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) in their decision-making. In the seafood industry, reputational disputes are common due to clashes of perspective and value differences between the industry and NGOs on sustainability. National media coverage also tends to favour the publication of 'bad news stories', and in certain cases has caused public misunderstanding through sensational headlines and oversimplification of complex issues.

Juxtapose this with wider societal concerns of overfishing and its implications; i.e. nature conservation, food security, supply-chain transparency, and you have a strong precedent for the seafood industry to pay serious attention to their CSR policies (i.e. responsible sourcing herein) to address these concerns.

A key aspect of responsible sourcing is that the seafood industry requires information on fisheries sustainability (i.e. the status of fish-stocks, environmental impact of different fisheries, management efficacy, social welfare) to inform their procurement process. In an increasingly globalised supply chain, seafood buyers face a considerable challenge in making sense of disparate pieces of complex information and often pressured by NGOs not to source from certain stocks, despite such advice often being contested and in some case only based on single-issues.
 
With these challenges in mind, the RASS website has been developed, and will build on (and replace) the information contained within the Seafish species Responsible Sourcing Guides (RSGs) to initially cover around 300 fisheries, expanding in time.

The RASS tool is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. Although we make reasonable efforts to check the accuracy of the information, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees that the information is complete, accurate or suitable for any particular purpose.