The Conservation Alliance is a collection of organisations working hand-in-hand with seafood businesses to improve ocean health and ensure a long-term supply of seafood. Today, 15 of the top 20 North American retailers are working closely with Conservation Alliance groups to buy and sell sustainable seafood, invest in fishery improvement, and enhance traceability throughout the supply chain.
“Joining the Conservation Alliance provides IPNLF with a platform to effectively share resources and expertise among like-minded organisations working on some of the biggest challenges in seafood sustainability. We look forward to contributing to the collective expertise of the group and applying creative solutions to the fisheries and coastal communities that depend on one-by-one fishing methods,” says Adam Baske, Director for Policy & Outreach at IPNLF.
Mr Baske continues: “The Conservation Alliance’s commitment to work proactively to improve the environmental and social performance of fisheries is extremely appealing to IPNLF. Through our involvement, we hope to further benefit coastal communities, improve the policy framework of tuna fisheries, and engage buyers from one of the world’s largest seafood markets to enhance the supply and strengthen management of one-by-one tuna fisheries.”
The Conservation Alliance connects 33 leading conservation groups that work with businesses representing more than 80 per cent of the North American grocery and institutional foodservice markets.
In 2008, the Conservation Alliance released its original Common Vision, a roadmap with six key steps that companies can take to develop and implement sustainable seafood policies.
This year, the Alliance put forth an updated Common Vision for Sustainable Seafood that offers companies more detailed guidance on how they can take their commitments further, particularly to include social issues alongside environmental issues, place stronger emphasis on traceability, and provide clearer guidance on how improvement projects can meet their sustainability goals.
“We work together to solve sustainable seafood’s biggest challenges so that oceans and the businesses that depend on them can thrive,” says Amy Breckon at the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions.
Ms Breckon continues: “IPNLF brings a voice that not only wants to see environmentally responsible seafood being promoted throughout the supply chain, but also promotes the social benefits that accrue as a result of certain sourcing decisions. This is a key component of the Alliance’s new Common Vision, and we are thrilled that IPNLF’s perspective is now officially a part of our network.”