Greenpeace Sustainability, Labour & Human Rights, and Chain of Custody Asks for Retailers, Brand Owners and Seafood Companies

by Andy Shen

March 18, 2020

Envisioning a more sustainable and socially just fishing industry

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Greenpeace seeks a substantial transformation from fisheries production dominated by large-scale, socially and economically unjust, and environmentally destructive methods to prioritise smaller scale, community-based, labour intensive fisheries using ecologically responsible, selective fishing technology, and environmentally sound practices. International trade in fisheries products should not undermine the legitimate interests of coastal communities, which include protecting fisherfolk’s livelihoods, human and labour rights, or negatively impact food security, especially in developing countries.

To this end, the fish trading, processing, and retailing industry have a fundamental role to play by reviewing their purchasing policies and practices so that market conditions are created to favor fisheries that comply with strict social and environmental criteria. To that end, Greenpeace researches urge retailers, brand owners and seafood companies to adopt our policy outline for seafood sustainability, seafood worker human rights, and chains of custody.

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By Andy Shen

Andy Shen is a Senior Oceans Adviser and the US project lead for Greenpeace's global tuna campaign. An international human rights lawyer, he previously worked for the International Labour Organization and the International Labor Rights Forum, and has more than 8 years of experience on human rights and labor issues in the global fishing industry.

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