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SeaBOS members pledge to strengthen seafood sustainability

21 April 2019, at 8:55am

A number of the world's largest seafood companies, including Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods), have pledged to align and synergize their sustainability standards, in a bid to cut down on illegal practices and improve seafood traceability world-wide.

The Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) and the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST), two leading seafood sustainability organisations, have jointly issued statement to lead seafood industry to the digital traceability era.

“We believe that reliable traceability is critical for effective supply chain management, and for ensuring that seafood is sourced from production practices that are legal, sustainable, and socially responsible,” the statement read.

The statement was issued by the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) and the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST), at SENA
The statement was issued by the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) and the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST), at SENA

Both parties, with a combined membership of more than 60 companies across the world, have jointly established norms that will be the global standard for seafood industry including:

  • Develop shared expectations about the kinds and quality of information entering seafood supply chains.
  • Ensure that fishing and aquaculture enterprises around the world receive more consistent and predictable demands for the data accompanying their products;
  • Create a level playing field that promotes equitable market access for large and small producers from diverse countries.
  • Establish technical protocols for inter-operability that will facilitate digital communication among thousands of actors across the seafood supply chain.
  • Provide a basis for more efficient and consistent regulatory practices among producer, processor, and market country governments.

Addressing growing concerns of consumers on human rights and food sustainability, Dr. Sujint Thammasart, CP Food's COO for aquaculture business, said the adoption of these practices will increase transparency and traceability of the company’s supply chain, hence boosting consumer confidence in CP Foods’ products.

“CP Foods is committed to continuously supporting the drive to transform seafood industry not only in Thailand, but the rest of the world. We strongly step forward in order to achieve responsible aquaculture business and sourcing fishmeal under IUU related regulations,” he said.