Collaboration

Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability

OVERVIEW

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.

SALT RESOURCES

Fact Sheet

SALT DataLab Americas Report  |  SALT DataLab EU/Africa Report |SALT DataLab Asia-Pacific Report

Survey: SALT Design Input and Ideas 

 To find out what SALT is and isn’t, how it’s different from other initiatives, and how to participate in SALT, please

 

APPROACH

The objectives of SALT are to:

  1. Expand accessible, interoperable and electronic catch documentation and traceability for wild capture
    fisheries and aquaculture
  2. Increase the capacity of seafood-producing countries to adopt catch documentation and traceability systems to strengthen fisheries management and verify fisheries data
  3. 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
  4. 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.

CO-DESIGN ADVISORY COMMITTEE

SALT’s Co-design Advisory Committee* members are from:

USAID
Walton Family Foundation
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Packard Foundation
U.S. Department of State 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Embassy of Japan
Delegation of the European Union to the US (EEAS)
Future of Fish
Thai Union
North Atlantic, Inc. (NAI) and Bali Seafood Initiative (BSI)
WWF
Environmental Justice Foundation
*The Co-design Advisory Committee members’ role is advisory in nature and does not equate to an endorsement of SALT, FishWise, or any of the associated activities. 

 

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.

Read more in the blog here. To register your interest or participate in SALT, fill out the form here or contact SALT@fishwise.org.