Seafish — Seafish


Seafish is supporting the seafood industry to achieve the ultimate goal of eliminating unethical practices from UK seafood supply chains.

Seafish’s work on social responsibility is directed at helping industry to understand what a business commitment to socially responsible seafood means in practice. The primary focus is to ensure that the industry has access to relevant guidance material, business risk assessment tools and best practice examples so that businesses are equipped to make the right decisions. Key Seafish work areas are:

  • The Seafood Ethics Common Language Group (SECLG) which brings the seafood industry and other stakeholders together to share information and develop and improve collective understanding of how ethical issues can be addressed across the supply chain.
  • Helping the seafood supply chain understand the landscape of risk assessment information sources, tools and methodologies.
  • Producing country profiles that detail the social risks in regions supplying to the UK market. These profiles are aimed at informing purchasing decisions in seafood businesses. Nineteen profiles have been produced to date.
  • Supporting seafood businesses to comply with UK Modern Slavery legislation.
  • Developing and maintaining the Tools for Ethical Seafood Sourcing (TESS) to signpost stakeholders to resources that can help businesses manage and reduce the risks associated with labour issues and worker welfare in seafood supply chains.
  • Developing and implementing the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) which certifies vessels against agreed standards of crew welfare and responsible catching practices.
  • Developing and implementing the Responsible Fishing Ports Scheme which sets standards for good operational practices within UK fishing ports and harbours, including the welfare of fishing port workers.
  • Producing and disseminating briefings to improve seafood industry awareness of ethical issues across the supply chain and the latest initiatives to address these issues.

Significance for seafood businesses:

Seafood-specific with a whole host of resources including providing guidance to businesses on which seafood to purchase. Useful for awareness as an organisation working to support the industry, and improve governance, safety and welfare within the global seafood industry. There are various tools and guidance notes available which are free to use which will help buyers manage their supply chain and make a more informed judgement on the risks they face when sourcing seafood.

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