13 April 2016

Education and Innovation

Posted in Programs, Development

Development Programs

Education and Innovation

We know that millions of people work in the seafood industry and that many more millions rely on the supply for food security and nutrition.

All aspects of fishing and aquaculture including all pre and post harvest activities involving massive supply chains and service providers including important research, finance and governance are all important aspects of the diverse seafood industry.

Each and every one of us contributes to local, regional and global trade on an immense scale. Sustaining our livelihoods, earnings and employment is essential. Through our various businesses, the seafood economy generates financial security for individuals and a valuable source of economic activity.

Somehow along this incredible journey we have failed to properly educate the public and really develop the industry. We aim to start to make a difference in this area and we hope you will join us so we can share our information and knowledge and find solutions to continuously improve the industry and its users/consumers.

We can grow by learning from nature. For example — scientists believe that the characteristic “v-shaped” flock of migrating geese serves two purposes. First, it creates a current of air along the lines of geese that make it easier for individuals to fly. Second, it may allow for better communication and unity of the flock while in the air. Let's learn from this.

This segment of the website will assist in:

  • Continual Improvement
  • Employment
  • Training/Education/Workforce Development
  • Investment
  • Webinars
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Executive Courses
  • Group buying – insurance, travel, etc
  • Global Seafood Education Platform

Industry standards are imperative as the has learned over the years so we have established a special section for this - known as Open Standards.

13 April 2016

Sustainable Development

Posted in Programs, Human Rights

Human Rights

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Environment Justice - wherever you are in the world today the pace of change has heightened and what's very clear is that long-standing traditions are being challenged. There are no guarantees of ‘jobs for life’ and we are fully interconnected with the concepts of sustainable development , resiliency, human rights, and environmental justice. These have yet to be fully incorporated into the core knowledge and value base of global seafood industry education and practice.

Our industry needs to acknowledge the severity of both the environmental and human rights crisis facing the world and agree on ways to move forward. We will be pursuing a policy of enhancing environmental justice and human rights given the extensive inequity in living and working conditions across the world. We see the seafood industry as a leader rather than a follower and the industry must be prepared. This is especially for our younger people, for effective practice at the global level.  such that, while still advocating for the environmental human rights of all people, it can also actively advocate for the environment through sustainable development activities.

While advocating for environmental human rights of all people, our work is especially relevant for our young people at the global level. 

Our industry understands that the Earth’s resources are finite and we need a safe, clean environment in order to create long-term sustainable development.

  • Sustainable Development
  • Corporate Social Responsibility – Aquaculture without Frontiers (Charity Volunteer Organisation)
  • Gender Equality
  • Human Rights
  • Human Trafficking/Slavery
  • Working Conditions
  • GILLS (Universities) – Global Seafood and Health Platforms

13 April 2016

Open Standards

Posted in Standards, Programs

Open Standards

The seafood industry has many standards and at the heart of all we do is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) ‘Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries’ first adopted back in 1995. We strongly believe that our industry should use this as an important core to all we do.

An open standard is ‘a standard that is publicly available and has various rights to use associated with it, and may also have various properties of how it was designed (e.g. open process). There is no single definition and an interpretation as it varies with usage.’ (

This voluntary code is aimed at everyone working in and involved with  fisheries and aquaculture, whether they are located in inland areas or in the oceans. The FAO states that because the Code is voluntary, it's necessary to ensure that all people working in fisheries and aquaculture commit themselves to its principles and goals and take practical measures to implement them. The Code of Conduct which consists of a collection of principles, goals and elements for action took more than two years to elaborate. Representatives from members of FAO, inter-governmental organizations, the fishing industry, and non-governmental organizations worked tirelessly to reach agreement on the Code. It is therefore a result of much effort by many different groups involved in fisheries and aquaculture is valued and appreciated. In this respect, the Code represents a global consensus and agreement on a wide range of fisheries and aquaculture issues.

Governments working in cooperation with their industries and fishing communities have the responsibility to implement the Code. FAO's role is to technically support their activities. It doesn't have a direct responsibility for implementation because FAO does not have a responsibility for the development and implementation of national fishery policies. This is the sole responsibility of individual governments.

Implementation of the Code is most effectively achieved when governments are able to incorporate its principles and goals into national fishery policies and legislation. To ensure that there is support for these policies and legislative changes, governments should take steps to consult with industry and other groups to promote their support and voluntary compliance. In addition, governments should encourage fishing communities and industry to develop codes of good practice that are consistent with and support the goals and purpose of the Code of Conduct. These codes of good practice are another important way of promoting the implementation of the Code.

During our journey we will be introducing an Accreditation process which will see the formation of Certified Seafood Professional (CSP) and Certified International Seafood Professional (CISP) under our Seafood Education Appraisal Platform (SEA).

  • Seafood Education Appraisal (SEA)
  • Accreditation
  • Certified Seafood Professional (CSP)
  • Certified International Seafood Professional (CISP)
  • Standard Development
  • Global Fish Names Standard

15 April 2016


Posted in Standards, Programs

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