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 three recent projects – a report on the sustainable seafood landscape,  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 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 currently pilot testing the indicators and expect they will launch on FisheryProgress by the end of the year.
  • Sustainable Seafood: A Global Benchmark. 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 first version of the report is available below, and subsequent updates will be available in the summer.
  • 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.

Sustainable Seafood: A Global Benchmark

To accelerate the pace of improvements in fisheries and aquaculture globally, industry, NGOs and governments driving the sustainable seafood movement need a clear understanding of the current status of sustainable seafood production as well as the gaps that the movement needs to address. Sustainable Seafood: A Global Benchmark consolidates the data of individual Collaboration members into a comprehensive picture of the sustainable seafood landscape.


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.