The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) is a global alliance for knowledge exchange and action to promote legal and sustainable fisheries through improved transparency in seafood supply chains. SALT brings together the seafood industry, governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to accelerate learning and support collaboration on innovative solutions for legal and sustainable seafood, with a particular focus on traceability–the ability to track the movement of seafood through supply chains.
The objectives of SALT are to:
- Expand accessible, interoperable and electronic catch documentation and traceability for wild capture
fisheries and aquaculture
- Increase the capacity of seafood-producing countries to adopt catch documentation and traceability systems to strengthen fisheries management and verify fisheries data
- Increase incentives and capacities for the seafood industry to adopt electronic traceability to ensure the legality of wild-caught fisheries products in their supply chains
- Identify ways in which the implementation of electronic catch documentation and traceability can support human and labor rights for all seafood workers, food security, livelihoods and well-being
SALT aims to catalyze solutions that transform how the seafood industry and governments collect, share, verify and, ultimately, use data for sustainable and socially responsible fisheries. SALT’s activities will include collaboration and learning events (in-person and virtual) that convene diverse stakeholders across seafood supply chains and an online resource and learning platform to support knowledge sharing and expertise from other projects from around the world. Addressing illegal fishing, associated labor rights abuses and inadequate fisheries management will contribute to improving security, economic prosperity and food security for the millions of people that depend on fisheries for their livelihoods.
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CO-DESIGN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
SALT’s Co-design Advisory Committee* members are from:
WHY JOIN SALT?
Over the last several years, many stakeholders have indicated a strong willingness to work together on seafood traceability, particularly those aspects that no group can solve alone. SALT will enable a wide array of stakeholders to clarify the needs, challenges and opportunities for improving seafood traceability and work together on those issues best addressed through collaboration and collective action. Through this process the:
- Seafood industry can offer their experience and learn more about how traceability can help to improve supply chains, comply with import requirements, reduce business risk and contribute to sustainable fisheries.
- Seafood-producing country governments can share information about their fisheries and learn about traceability techniques and practices that improve fisheries management, verify the legality of harvests and build capacity to manage fisheries sustainably.
- Seafood-consuming country governments can share information about their seafood import regulations, facilitating enhanced compliance and more verifiable supply chains.
- NGOs can share experience from pilot efforts in traceability and gain access to new stakeholders and collaborators, strengthen networks and enhance their abilities to achieve goals associated with environmental and social responsibility in seafood.
NEXT STEPS AND THE FUTURE
In its first year, SALT will convene stakeholders across seafood supply chains to define problems related to seafood traceability and identify innovative solutions to move forward. This “co-design” process is supported by CollaborateUp, a collaboration consulting firm, and an advisory committee consisting of leaders from government, philanthropy, industry and civil society. The co-design findings will inform the official launch of SALT priorities in late 2018 and the plan for the remaining four years of the project.
*SALT STRATEGY UPDATE, 2019*
During the year of co-design, SALT hosted three regional co-design workshops (DataLabs) that featured 159 attendees. Information gathered from the DataLabs, as well as virtual feedback through webinars and an online survey, helped ensure SALT gathered diverse views about the needs around seafood traceability from 34 countries and 132 organizations around the globe. Based on the data received during co-design and in consultation with the Co-Design Advisory Committee, SALT narrowed its strategy focus for the next four years to two main themes and target groups. At the end of this five-year project, SALT envisions a more interconnected seafood community that shares valuable information to encourage organizations worldwide to adopt a versatile and comprehensive electronic catch documentation and traceability (eCDT) system that fits a country’s needs. This traceability system should be comprehensive in that the data captured from seafood products also support social, environmental, and economic well-being overall. Ultimately, the data may not only help to identify and prevent mislabeled and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) products from entering the market, but also support and strengthen effective fisheries management, and legal and equitable human welfare conditions for seafood laborers.
These two themes were featured in more than half (18) of the collaborative ideas proposed by SALT DataLab attendees:
● How to incentivize comprehensive eCDT globally : This includes both mapping the barriers to adopting eCDT, and understanding the full return on investment for economic, environmental, and social benefits to comprehensive eCDT. Understanding the value of this traceability system helps increase people’s willingness to use it.
● The principles of comprehensive eCDT : When creating eCDT systems, which are not a one size fits all, what are the key things to consider regarding data collection? The information systems historically used by the seafood industry and producer countries often do not support sharing data between groups with varying interests. This lack of interoperability hinders the ability of data and technology systems to efficiently support the collective action required to combat IUU fishing, human rights and labor abuses, and strengthen fisheries management. SALT will work with our community to identify and promote principles and guidance in coordination with existing efforts working on this problem.
While SALT will work to engage many audiences, it will be necessary at times to focus efforts on particular audiences given the scope and funding of SALT. A primary focus will be placed on seafood-producing, or “producer” countries (including governments and fishers), as well as industry; in particular mid-supply chain companies, or producer-country fishing companies. Other important elements of SALT’s strategy include a focus on strategic partnerships, including under-represented groups, and ensuring that public welfare is a main consideration to prevent human rights abuses in the seafood industry.
SALT Year 2 Proposed Activities (2018-2019)
SALT’s main strategic approaches will build capacity for eCDT work through collaboration and learning–especially among producer country stakeholders–by developing knowledge products and sharing relevant information. Some essential activities over the next year include:
● PartnerLab Event in Bangkok, Thailand in February 2019
● Launching the SALT website, an online learning portal capable of accelerating innovation, sharing information, and inspiring a system of best practices in seafood traceability for a broad range of organizations worldwide
● Development of the Seafood Traceability Seascape, a map of eCDT work around the world with information to learn more or connect for collaboration
● Compilation of existing seafood traceability tools and resources
● Data-gathering on barriers to and return on investment from comprehensive eCDT
● Sharing what we’ve learned from global meetings and visiting eCDT pilots
To register your interest or participate in SALT, contact SALT@fishwise.org.