Developing a sustainable seafood industry requires more than sustainable fishing, it is about addressing all parts of the supply chain. With its consumer, market and fisheries initiatives, WWF-SA has built a strong foundation for a future in which all stakeholders in the seafood industry understand their roles in conserving our marine resources.
A recently released report from WWF-SA highlights the progress made by nine South African retailers, suppliers and restaurants that are part of WWF-SASSI’s Retailer/Supplier Participation Scheme. Each of these participants made clear and time-bound commitments to sustainable seafood, and for six of the participating companies – I&J, John Dory’s, Pick n Pay, Food Lovers Market, Woolworths and SPAR – their target dates set for reaching some of their goals came to term at the end of 2015. Their commitments are that at the set date, the retailer/supplier/restaurant will sell only Green-listed species, or species that are Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified or under a Fisheries Improvement Project. While not all the commitments were met, these companies have made significant inroads into meeting their commitments and have now plotted a revised path to success. See what they accomplished to date here.
The report, ‘Waves of Change’, can be downloaded here.