More than 3 billion people in the world rely on seafood as a significant source of animal protein. As one of the most highly traded global food commodities, fish fuel a US$406 billion industry that employs tens of millions of people and feeds billions more. As the global population grows, demand for fish will continue to rise, leaving more businesses, jobs, and livelihoods dependent on already strained stocks. And as aquaculture has grown to address this ever-rising demand, new problems have grown with it. The long-term outlook for the seafood sector tracks closely with the health of the marine environment. For businesses, one solution for promoting ocean health while ensuring long-term supply, profitability, and reputational safety is a well-developed and well-implemented sustainable seafood sourcing strategy.
While the sustainable seafood industry has seen success using certification and improvement models, a continued focus on individual fisheries, fleets, and farms has exposed shortcomings around needed systemic improvements across priority seascapes. A more holistic approach can help to scale certification efforts and generate better, lasting outcomes for people and nature.