The seafood industry is one of the key sectors of the ocean economy as it supports the employment of more than 600 million people and is an important source of food for over 3 billion people. At the same time, the industry is responsible for a number of environmental and social impacts that jeopardise not only its own economic sustainability but also the future of millions of people who rely on it for their livelihoods and as a primary source of food and nutrients.
The Seafood Stewardship Index and its methodology aim to take companies on a stewardship journey. This starts with awareness and recognition of their impacts on the environment and society, followed by assessing those impacts and then implementing effective and meaningful activities that not only mitigate negative impacts but transform the seafood industry into one that respects and protects the resources on which it depends, including human resources. This revised methodology is thus focused on rewarding impact and performance.