What is Traceability
Traceability implies that a seafood product purchased at a restaurant or retailer may be traced through the supply chain, back to the point of harvest (vessel or farm), including hatchery and feed mill sources. Traceability is accomplished by documenting the product chain of custody, record keeping, and proper handling protocols during processing, shipping, and receiving to ensure that products are tracked accurately.
Implementing traceability requires investment, cooperation, and transparency across seafood supply chains. However, when shared, traceability information about where seafood came from, who caught it, how it was caught, and how it was handled or processed may support efforts to detect and deter, seafood fraud, labor abuse, overfishing, and support a range of other business functions. The ultimate goal is to have end-to-end, electronic, interoperable traceability in place throughout global seafood supply chains.
For more guidance, see FishWise’s Advancing Traceability in the Seafood Industry: Assessing Challenges and Opportunities.