Seafood coalition target sustainability

Ocean sustainability SeaBOS member companies have agreed to address key topics affecting ocean health and seafood sustainability. Credit: QB

Cermaq and nine other of the world’s largest seafood companies will increase their efforts to strengthen sustainable practices in the seafood industry.

At the third meeting of SeaBOS (Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship initiative) in Japan, member companies agreed to address key topics affecting ocean health and seafood sustainability, including Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and modern slavery.

“The level of commitment we have from all the ten SeaBOS members is very encouraging, and I believe SeaBOS will have a real impact in meeting SDG14” said Cermaq’s CEO Geir Molvik.

Traceability engagement

SeaBOS companies, from Asia, Europe and the US, are now piloting and testing new technologies for traceability in their global supply chains and will actively engage in the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability to improve existing global standards.

All companies taking part in the coalition, which is supported by science partners, are committed to transparent reporting and have an ambition to substantially reduce their use of antibiotics in aquaculture and use of plastic materials in their supply chains. SeaBOS furthermore aspires to play a leading role in improving global ocean policy and regulations in support of ocean stewardship.

Shigeru Ito, CEO and president of Maruha Nichiro Corporation, has been appointed first chairman of the SeaBOS initiative. Knut Nesse, currently CEO of Nutreco, has also been appointed managing director of SeaBOS, as of 1 January 2019.

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