Traceable Fisheries: Triple Impact Benefits
Creating and administering a program to collect useful data from fishing activities is a collaborative and valuable undertaking for governments and companies alike. Once collected, multiple stakeholders may use this data to achieve ecological, social, and economic goals. Building that triple-impact, or ‘comprehensive’, approach into the design and implementation of a country’s electronic catch documentation and traceability (eCDT) program is one method to help meet all three goals.
The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT)—a global community of governments, the seafood industry, and non-governmental organizations implemented by FishWise—advanced six principles for developing comprehensive eCDT programs.
- Use data to inform decision-making.
- Create a program that is electronic, interoperable, and data secure.
- Be inclusive and collaborative with stakeholders.
- Build a lasting and scalable program.
- Maximize ecological, social, and economic benefits.
- Address data and verification needs across fisheries and supply chains.
Pathway to the Principles, which provides detailed guidance for implementation, is also available.
For more information on how human and labor rights fit into efforts that track our seafood, check out the Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability’s (SALT) podcast, Dash of SALT.