Over the past three years, WWF has helped lead the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) to help establish the first-ever comprehensive industry standards for seafood traceability. With more than five dozen companies from around the world and across seafood supply chains sitting at the table, the GDST is drafting standards that will dramatically improve the efficiency, reliability, and affordability of tracking seafood, helping businesses obtain and share the information they need about the origins of seafood products. That will lead to more transparent and reliable seafood supply chains, as consumers increasingly demand and as governments increasingly require.
Aquaculture Improvement Projects
An aquaculture improvement project (AIP) engages farmers, processors, feed companies, retailers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders to help improve seafood farming and reduce the impact that it can have on farmers and their communities as well as wild habitats and the diverse life they support. Through a transparent and comprehensive approach, many AIPs aim to help farms move towards meeting the social and environmental standards of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).
WWF recommends the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standard as the most credible, robust certification for responsibly farmed seafood. Across the seafood supply chain, WWF is working with retailers, food service companies, manufacturers, and suppliers to responsibly source seafood from farms that are ASC certified. By encouraging non-certified farms to improve their practices and ultimately meet the ASC’s standard, seafood buyers can increase the number of sustainable farms and the overall supply of sustainable seafood in the marketplace.