Seafood giants commit to sustainability initiative

Big names including Thai Union, Dongwon, Maruha Nichiro, Nissui, Marine Harvest, Cermaq, Skretting and Cargill sign ocean stewardship pledge.

Some of the largest companies in seafood have come together to sign an ocean stewardship pledge, committing to improve operations across the whole supply chain.

The Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) initiative connects diverse seafood companies across the globe to science-based strategies.

SeaBOS started as dialogue between scientists and business leaders that led to the signing of a 10-point action plan on ocean stewardship by seafood giants including Thai Union, Dongwon Industries, Maruha Nichiro Corporation, Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui), Marine Harvest, Cermaq, Skretting and Cargill Aqua Nutrition.

The initiative is supported by numerous stakeholders including, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, The Beijer Institute on Ecological Economics, The Royal Swedish Academy of Science and others.

The companies are committing to improve operations as well as challenge the rest of the seafood industry to follow, all with the goal of helping the world achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SeaBOS is an initiative to identify science-based solutions to issues the industry faces. It was originally formed in 2016.

“The companies which make up SeaBOS operate on every continent and in all segments of seafood production, from wild capture fisheries to aquaculture businesses. By building trust and adopting science-based approaches, it creates positive change for our companies, our industry and the world,” said Darian McBain, global director for sustainable development at Thai Union.

“Thai Union is committed to doing its part to ensure the oceans are healthy for current and future generations.”

The signatories specifically pledge to:

  • Work diligently to eliminate IUU products and any form of modern slavery in our supply chains  
  • Actively use and develop fish health management systems and health prevention methods before treatments make efficient use of aquaculture feeds and to use fish feed resources from sustainably harvested stocks
  • Together with governments, actively improve existing regulations for fisheries, for aquaculture, and for the ocean; and more.

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