The SSI Review maps the requirements of major seafood standards across environmental issues such as biodiversity, ecosystems, waste, greenhouse gas, energy, water, synthetic inputs and GMO prohibition.
Recently, a growing number of stakeholders have called for the development of a “Blue Economy”—an integrated approach to sustainable development that builds on the understanding that the world’s oceans account for more than 70% of the planet’s surface area, but also form the foundation of global economic sustainability.
Within this context the seafood sector arguably has a particularly important role to play, with an estimated 80% of all seafood produced in developing countries, and more than 90% of fishers and fish farmers being located in Africa and Asia. But what is the role of seafood certification in the development of a Blue Economy?
The SSI Review: Standards and the Blue Economy takes a deep dive into the market and performance trends of the 9 most prevalent seafood certification schemes operating at the global level. The Review documents the distribution of certified production while underlining how and where these initiatives aspire toward the implementation of sustainable production practices in the global seafood sector. The release took place today in Geneva as part of the Oceans Economy and Trade – Sustainable Fisheries, Transport and Tourism Seminar jointly hosted by UNCTAD, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Ocean Institute.
This Review provides an important reference document for businesses, policy makers and stakeholders seeking to build more sustainable supply chains in the seafood sector. The Review is a collaborative effort of two SCAN members, IISD and FAST, along with IIED. For more information on SSI visit www.iisd.org/ssi/.