6-8 May 2025 | Barcelona, Spain

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Crew Well-Being on Fishing Vessels: How Can the Market Provide Assurance of Best Practice and Support Change?

Apr 24 2024

16:15 - 17:45

CC 5.3

Crew well-being on board fishing vessels is an increasing concern for the global seafood industry, which has been historically focused on environmental sustainability. Seafood supply chain actors around the world are adopting tools and taking action to provide assurance of human rights and crew well-being in their source fisheries. However, guidance on the role and complementarity of these tools is often lacking or complex. There is a need to understand best practice, ongoing research, and emerging initiatives to address shortcomings and identify ways forward to work together to create change.

This session will be a townhall discussion on vessel certification programs and risk assessment tools, and the ways in which existing tools are being used and developed. It will then pose a series of questions to a range of stakeholders – retailers, pre-competitive partnerships, NGOs, fishermen organisations, and standard holders – to reflect on best practices, current challenges, and the role of emerging crew well-being initiatives (e.g., worker-driven social responsibility) for supporting well-being on fishing vessels globally.


Heriot-Watt University

- PhD Candidate

Heriot-Watt University

- Assistant Professor

Global Seafood Alliance

- Director, Strategic Engagement

John Lewis Partnership (Waitrose)

- Senior Aquaculture and Fisheries Manager

Global Seafood Alliance

- Director of Social Responsibility




- Human Rights Transparency Manager

FISH Standard for Crew

- Executive Director

Hilton Foods

- Senior Ethics & Social Sustainability Manager

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