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Friday, 19 April 2019 01:36

ASEAN: Seafood sectors agree to protect supply chains against illegal fishing, safety, and labour issues Featured

Surimi and fish meal industries seek to prevent illicit catch from entering supply chains. In the 4th quarter of 2018, Pew and other stakeholders held workshops in Bangkok, Thailand, Surabaya, Indonesia, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, aimed at finding ways to prevent illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) seafood from entering their supply chains. Nearly 100 industry representatives attended, ranging from fish meal and surimi feed producers to processors, buyers, and certification standard holders. As buyers and sellers of fish products, the fish meal and surimi industries play an important role in tackling IUU fishing. By working together and using the technology they can track and trace where their products come from.

Most companies are now aware of the risk that IUU-caught seafood might enter their supply chains and have policies in place to mitigate this threat. At the workshops, participants agreed that companies should track and trace their supply chains by identifying the people, product, and process interactions at each stage. At a minimum, the fish species, its origin, and the procurement method down to the originating fishing vessel should be clear and shared.

Workshop participants acknowledged the risk that both IUU fishing and safety and labor issues posed to their supply chains and expressed eagerness to take steps to mitigate such risks. They agreed that regulations are not always effective on their own, and many of the participating companies reported that they have opted to go above national requirements or have obtained seafood certification.


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