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New Goals for SeaBOS

The Stockholm Resilience Centre has shared a set of new commitments by the top 10 seafood companies, facilitated by the science-industry initiative Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS). READ MORE


By the end of 2021, ten of the largest seafood companies in the world will eliminate IUU fishing and forced, bonded and child labour in their operations; solve the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear, clean up plastics pollution; reducing impacts on endangered species and the use of antibiotics; and set CO2 emissions reduction goals.
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Highlight: 2021 Commitments


By the end of 2021, the SeaBOS members will:

  • Eliminate IUU fishing and forced, bonded and child labour in our operations– and implement measures to address those issues in their supply chains – with public reporting on progress in 2022 and 2025

  • Extend the collaboration with the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to solve the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear; and combine to clean up plastics pollution from our coasts and waterways

  • Agree on a strategy for reducing impacts on endangered species and the use of antibiotics

  • Set CO2 emissions reduction goals and reporting approaches from each company


Decent Work


Notably, the Addressing IUU and forced labour task force made several interesting propositions for voluntary measures, including:

  • Uploading crew lists, ID documents, photos, contracts, etc. to blockchain (MSC is also touting blockchain recently as key for helping with financial transparency in the context of corruption)

  • RFMO authorization for transshipment if it needs to take place

  • Avoiding brokers/labor agents, or using principle of ‘employer pays’ directly rather than to agency

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