The implementation plan

 

To deliver on the World Economic Forum Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration, the Global Tuna Alliance strives to work to eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in partner tuna supply chains, and ensure that the tuna ultimately meets the highest standards of environmental performance and social responsibility.

The Global Tuna Alliance will work to take the following actions:

Traceability

Ensure effective traceability (tracking tuna products from vessel to the final buyer), which underpins sustainability efforts as it creates transparency and accountability within the supply chain.

1. Implement effective traceability system for tuna products, using Key Data Elements developed through Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (or equivalent system) should enable products to be traceable to vessel or groups of vessels, trip dates, catch method, catch area and the ability to disclose to final customer on request.

2. Ensure that own traceability data is consistent and can be shared along the supply chain, and that data systems are interoperable.

3. Undertake due diligence to identify the risks of IUU fishing in the supply chain and commit to take proportionate action to address identified risks.

4. Sign the “100% Observer Coverage Statement of Support”

5. Request your suppliers to follow best practices when transhipping (see NGO Tuna Forum guide)

1. Join Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) as member or observer (optional)

2. Work with traceability providers to include Key Data Elements (KDEs) coming out of the GDST process in traceability systems.

3. Sign the “100% Observer Coverage Statement of Support”

1. All companies/% of companies have effective tuna traceability systems

2. Successful development of Key Data Elements (KDEs) through GDST.

3. All companies/% of companies adopt KDE’s through their traceability providers and supply chains.

4. All companies/% of companies with specific policies for port state measures and import controls

Social Responsibility

Work to eliminate any form of forced labour and ensure suppliers at least meet minimum social standards in management practices as recommended in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Conventions and Recommendations in our tuna supply chains.

1.      Undertake human-rights related risk assessment of tuna supply chains;
2.      When available commit to sourcing tuna from fisheries that have met an SSCI recognized third party certification for social compliance in seafood supply chains,
3.      In the short term ensure that suppliers are implementing the CGF Priority Industry Principles on Forced Labour;
4.      Engage with standards to improve and include forced labour criteria to pass SSCI benchmarking;
5.      Alternatively: Ensure that supplying vessels meet the Seafood Taskforce (STF) vessel Code of Conduct or an equivalent standard (if applicable).

Work to eliminate any form of forced labour and ensure suppliers at least meet minimum social standards in management practices as recommended in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Conventions and Recommendations in our tuna supply chains, by:

  1. Undertaking human-rights related risk assessment of tuna supply chains;
  2. When available commit to sourcing tuna from fisheries that have met an SSCI recognized third party certification for social compliance in seafood supply chains:
    • Sign a statement of support for the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI)
    • Make a time-bound commitment to require third-party vessel standards in their tuna supply chain
    • Make a commitment to influence said vessel standards to seek SSCI benchmarking/recognition
  3. In the short term ensure that suppliers are implementing the CGF Priority Industry Principles on Forced Labour;
  4. Engage with standards to improve and include forced labour criteria to pass SSCI benchmarking;

1.      All companies/% of companies commit to using a third party certification for social compliance in seafood supply chains

2.      All/% of supplying vessels commit to meet the Seafood Taskforce (STF) vessel Code of Conduct or an equivalent standard when developed.

Environmental Sustainability

Ensure that tuna is sourced from fisheries that have implemented robust science-based management plans and harvest strategies which maintain or restore stocks to maximum sustainable fields and minimize the impact of fisheries on the environment.

1. Commit to sourcing tuna from fisheries with Third Party certification against a GSSI-recognized standard.
2. Approaching, if needed, the main standards that your company uses to go through GSSI benchmarking;
3. Where fisheries have not yet met a GSSI-recognized standard, support a credible and comprehensive Fishery Improvement Project for source fisheries (use Fishery Progress to monitor progress).

1. Consider becoming a GSSI partner;
2. Where appropriate work pre-competitively to foster innovation that will improve selectivity and reduce by-catch in tuna fisheries, including
partnerships with scientists and technology providers, and supporting the implementation of trials.

1. All companies/% of companies commit to source tuna from fisheries with GSSI- recognized standards and comprehensive FIPs; 

Government Partnership

Working with governments to ensure the implementation of effective harvest strategies to achieve sustainable tuna stocks under the jurisdiction of each tuna RFMO by 2020

 Working with governments to establish systems to identify and restrict illegal seafood, and build capacity to establish and manage information systems to account for domestic and international fishing fleets, landings, enforcement and trade of seafood products

1.      Encouraging company’s own Policy or Government Engagement Departments to engage with and support advocacy efforts for the development of harvest strategies and harvest control rules, ratification and implementation of PSMA, ratification and implementation of ILO Working in Fishing Convention and the development of Global Record of Fishing Vessels

2.      Engage suppliers to participate in advocacy efforts.

1.      Identify strategic engagement opportunities in relation to key RFMO member countries

2.      Develop common position statements that can be used to communicate with Governments, RFMOs and supply chain stakeholders (focused on Harvest strategies and Harvest Control Rules)

3.      Advocate for:

a.      Ratification and implementation of Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA);
b.      Ratification and implementation of ILO Work in Fishing Convention;
c.      Implement the Global Record of Fishing Vessels.

1.      No. of stocks (within GTA scope) that have implemented well-defined harvest control rules.

2.      No. of signatories of PSMA.

3.      No. of ratifications of ILO Work in Fishing Convention (188).

4.      Successful establishment of Global Record of Fishing Vessels.