Reducing Risk of IUU Seafood in Supply Chains
A number of events in recent years have placed new scrutiny and global emphasis on the security and sustainability of seafood supply chains. The stories uncovered by the press regarding slave labor on certain fishing fleets have brought illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing to a new level of public awareness. This past year the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) officially entered into force, with the United States, European Union, and 33 other nations signed on as parties to the agreement. This new agreement, along with recommendations by the U.S. Government IUU Task Force and resulting federal agency actions, combined with IUU regulations in the European Union, will continue to place added pressure on companies to ensure their seafood products are sourced from legitimate means and free of illegal influence.
This panel session will discuss recent initiatives through partnerships between government, private industry, non-governmental organizations to mitigate the risk IUU fish and seafood products within national and global supply chains. Panel discussion will highlight practical steps and tools that seafood industry representatives can take to incorporate vessel identification, tracking, and risk assessment systems that can help the seafood industry meet this increasing demand for transparency accountability within their supply chains.