Seafood Slavery Risk Tool (SSRT)

Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Seafood Slavery Risk Tool (SSRT), a web-based risk-assessment tool.

The Seafood Slavery Risk Tool (SSRT), a web-based tool to help businesses assess the potential risk of forced labour, human trafficking, and hazardous child labour in fisheries has been developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Liberty Shared and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.

Version 1 of the tool produced a rating indicating the likelihood that human rights violations are occurring on fishing boats in a specific fishery. This rating was based on a number of indicators and evidence of reported cases of abuse in a given fishery which was then run through a decision tree to produce a rating. Ratings were not produced from countries. The ratings were derived from credible, publicly available sources, including reports by authoritative institutions (e.g., U.S. government agencies, the European Union and the United Nations) and civil society organizations (universities, NGOs and media outlets).

There were 35 profiles. Under version 1 a lot of the profiles defaulted to a high risk rating and this single risk rating inevitably took centre stage which did not necessarily reflect the true complexities of the fishery.

Version 2 of the tool is under development and is built on a number of indicators. It takes more note of these complexities and will focus on systemic risk – that certain seafood systems are riskier than others. It will profile ID parts of a seafood system where risk is higher. The team are working on a new website design based on interactive maps. A beta version of the site was launched in March 2020.

Significance for seafood businesses:

This is a seafood specific tool that could help seafood buyers make an informed judgement on the risks they face when sourcing seafood.

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