Do you remember our post: Keystone Dialogues? A meeting held at Soneva Fushi with some of the key fishing industries?
That is when it all started, but a stepping stone has been put just few days ago when nine of the world’s biggest companies met up in Stockholm and pledged to protect our oceans, working on the reduction of illegal activities and overfishing.
This is in line with Goal 14 of the SDGs which amongst its target has: “Regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics” by 2020.
Having fishing companies sit together and agree on some key points is for sure a way to achieve this goal.
They pledged to increase the traceability of their products, create a code of conduct for their industry to stop slavery, eliminate fish coming from illegal sources, lobby in governments to strengthen the regulations on sustainable fish farming.
Being these the key actors in the fishing industry, the hope is that there will be a cascading effect with others following the example and leading to a global transformation towards sustainable seafood production.
Science, provided through the support of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, has been the base to make sound decisions and created this great initiative, called SeaBOS (Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship).