Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is a global problem which can imperil the survival of threatened species, undermine government efforts to sustainably manage marine resources, and unfairly impact law-abiding seafood businesses. Unfortunately, IUU product can enter the U.S. through legitimate market channels, potentially causing problems for the U.S. seafood industry by putting companies’ reputations at risk and undermining consumer confidence in sustainable seafood products.
FishWise works with seafood companies to improve the sustainability and traceability of their seafood supply chains. A “traceable” seafood product is one that can be tracked back through the supply chain to its source, be that a fishery or an aquaculture facility, including all transformations of that product. Traceability is a critical tool for maintaining food safety, improving logistical efficiency, verifying sustainability claims, and ensuring products are caught or farmed legally and are not mislabeled.
The following list is a collection of resources authored or summarized by FishWise on the topic of traceability and illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing in the seafood industry.