The need for an industry-driven global framework for seafood traceability was first publicly recognised by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Oceans in 2013.
The Forum’s call for action led to the establishment of the Expert Panel on Legal and Traceable Wild Fish Products, which subsequently recommended the immediate launch of the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability and set forth an initial vision of the benefits the Dialogue could deliver.
According to the Panel’s conclusions, the need for the development of a global framework for legal and traceable fish products through a global dialogue: “is real and immediate, and its prompt initiation would contribute significantly to speeding and smoothing the transition to a world where all wild-caught seafood is fully traceable to demonstrably legal fishing activities.”
The 2015 Expert Panel’s publication, Recommendations for a Global Framework to Ensure the Legality and Traceability of Wild-Caught Fish Products, provides a concise analysis of key trends, developments and issues. The Panel unanimously identified eight major priorities and a review of the main challenges facing the seafood sector and pathways towards implementable solutions.
Organised by WWF and facilitated by Resolve, this multidisciplinary expert group included representatives from several of the world’s leading food distributors, environmental NGOs, food science institutes, and seafood industry experts from the following organisations:
- Institute of Food Technologists’ Global Food Traceability Center
- High Liner Foods
- Metro Group
- Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research (Nofima)
- Environmental Justice Foundation.