The Certification and Ratings Collaboration is working on a range of projects that will increase our impact so that more seafood producers move along a clear path toward environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

Below you will find information on two recent projects – a brief that clarifies the roles of certification and ratings programs and a framework that defines the range of social issues relevant to seafood and how they are addressed by current standards.

In addition, we are working on the following projects in 2018-2019 and will post additional information about them here in the coming months:

  • 0-60 Scoring for Fishery Improvement Projects. We are developing scoring indicators for use on that will help FIPs track and communicate their progress at the sub-60 level. We are pilot testing the indicators in the summer of 2018 and expect they will launch on FisheryProgress in 2019.
  • Global Landscape Report. We are consolidating data on our programs’ coverage and impact to present a more complete picture of progress and gaps in achieving sustainable fisheries and aquaculture using market mechanism. The report will be available in early 2019.
  • Coordinated Improvement Advice for commodities in Indonesia. We are working together – and with other organizations working on social and conservation challenges in Indonesia – to develop a set of joint improvement recommendations for key commodities in Indonesia that extend from the farm/fishery level up to the national policy level. Once complete, we’ll coordinate our efforts to implement the improvements.

Clarifying Roles of Certifications and Ratings

The differences and similarities between certification and ratings programs are not well understood by the market. As our programs evolve, defining and communicating our complementary roles is key to having greater impact.

The Seafood Certification & Ratings Collaboration has developed a brief that clarifies our complementary roles and how we fit into responsible sourcing policies.


Social Issues Framework

Social issues like labor rights, gender equity, and economic and food security are a growing priority in the seafood industry. This new Framework for Social Responsibility in the Seafood Sector builds on existing standards and resources to answer help seafood businesses answer critical first questions, so they can assess and improve their performance on social issues.