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New data tool measures seafood sustainability

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A new data tool for measuring seafood sustainability worldwide is now available online for public use. The Sustainable Seafood Data Tool, developed by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) together with four other NGOs, was designed to offer users a clearer picture of environmental and social performance for global seafood production, along with a more detailed look at eight priority seafood sectors.

The Seafood Certification & Ratings Collaboration, a collective group of five NGOs—The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program, SFP, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, the Marine Stewardship Council, and Fair Trade USA, worked together to produce the tool, which includes sustainability-related data from all five NGOs.

Information available through the tool includes rating and certification status where applicable, whether a fishery or seafood farm is improving through a targeted project, and whether or not sustainability improvements are needed in a specific fishery or seafood farm. Users can filter the data by wild or farmed, region, or country.

"SFP is working to ensure that by 2020 at least 75% of global production in key seafood sectors is sustainable or moving toward sustainability,” said Braddock Spear, SFP systems division director. “The collaboration is critical for this goal, because it harmonizes improvement advice for specific fisheries and aquaculture sources and aligns efforts to engage the industry from key and emerging markets in driving improvements," Spear concluded.

Access the Sustainable Seafood Data Tool here.

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