Ocean Awareness & Issues

The Seafood Traceability Project seeks to strengthen the traceability and transparency of global fisheries regimes to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing and to provide new accountability in dominant import markets, including the United States and European Union. Oceans 5 is supporting the dedicated work of four nonprofit organizations to achieve these objectives including World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Oceana, and the Marine Fish Conservation Network. IUU fishing is estimated to average 18% of the global catch. With few exceptions, seafood products are not easily traceable from the point of final sale back to their point of harvest and production. Combating IUU fishing is a high and growing priority of governments, the fishing industry, and conservationists - existing seafood traceability policies, standards and mechanisms are inadequate. Read more here…