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  • A Collaboration Success Story: Sea Pact and the Maine Soft-Shell Clam Fishery

    In many ways the soft-shell clam fishery exemplifies Maine’s rural micro-economies: small-scale, labor intensive, natural resource extraction in communities often dependent, because of few other economic alternatives, on the health of the resource base. In 2013, soft-shell clams were Maine’s third largest fishery and worth approximately 16 million dollars—significant to the local economy, but not […]

  • Introduction to Pre-Competitive Collaboration

    In seafood supply chains, pre-competitive collaboration has become an important tool to address critical sustainability issues in both wild-caught and aquaculture seafood. Pre-competitive strategies are approaches that businesses take to address systemic problems with the delivery of goods and services. It is a business strategy that is often applied when competition for limited resources impacts […]

  • International Seafood Sustainability Foundation

    Companies that participate in ISSF commit to several conservation measures regarding illegal, unreported, and/or unregulated (IUU) fishing, and ISSF uses a rigorous compliance process for any such allegations. The bulk of their work is focused on proactively eliminating all elements of these harmful practices over time through a range of conservation measures, initiatives, and tools. One such […]

  • Ocean Disclosure Project: a case study on transparency

    Ocean Disclosure Project Overview (PDF) In April, 2017 the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) announced that, through its Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP), US retailer Publix would move to publish a list of all of the fisheries from which they source seafood, as well as information on management at those fisheries, catch method, and environmental impact. As […]

  • Supply chain transparency and seafood

    “If we are all going to have to get naked, we might as well get buff.” This quote from Andy Ruben, the first CSO of Walmart, is in reference to transparency. The statement came up during our interviews with companies who have already begun their journey toward greater supply chain transparency. The quote touches on […]

  • Blueyou: a case study on transparency

    In February 2017, Blueyou announced the first dual-certified Fair Trade and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) seafood product: canned skipjack tuna fished from the Maldives. The Maldives is square in the middle of the Indian Ocean—an area heavily fraught with fisheries management challenges. So how, and why, did Blueyou manage to improve transparency in their supply […]