Key Traceability Working with IDH to Promote Environmental Footprint Reductions in Fisheries and Aquaculture

Currently it is estimated that one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture1, and that between 1990 and 2011 emissions from the global fishing industry grew by 28% 2. Along with this increase in emissions are other environmental implications for biodiversity, eutrophication and ozone depletion, to name a few. Further to this, aquaculture has recently overtaken wild harvest fisheries, which has plateaued in quantity since the 1990s, to provide the largest share of seafood for human consumption since 2014 3. Many of these aquaculture systems rely on external inputs, such a fishmeal sources for their feed, so are in many cases linked and dependent on fisheries to achieve this growth 4.

To address the increasing emissions from fisheries and other environmental implications, Key Traceability is currently working with the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), an NGO headquartered in the Netherlands with global operations that brings together over 600 companies and governments to drive new sustainable production and trade models in emerging economies.

The work aims to partner with major seafood buyers to evaluate and reduce the environmental footprint of seafood. This includes creating common tools and commitments among fisheries, aquaculture producers, feed companies and retailers of seafood products.