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Sustainable seafood lessons shared across the Atlantic

ClientEarth is pleased to announce a new transatlantic partnership, expanding on hugely successful work on sustainable seafood with businesses here in the UK. We are now formally collaborating with the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, which connects environmental groups in North America with businesses to encourage commitments to sustainable seafood.

The Conservation Alliance’s collaborator organisations work alongside Alliance members on specific projects, sharing a common goal of improving ocean health. These include helping businesses develop sustainable seafood policies, or supporting fishery improvement projects.

ClientEarth coordinates the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC). The SSC brings together businesses across the UK seafood supply chain to identify solutions to sustainable seafood challenges. Over several years, SSC members worked together to develop two voluntary codes of conduct. These set minimum standards for responsible sourcing, and clear and consistent environmental claims.

Sustainable seafood initiatives in the USA

Non-profit organisation partnerships with businesses on seafood sustainability are well established in the United States. Many of these are led by Conservation Alliance members and collaborating organisations.

By officially collaborating with the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, we can now benefit from the active knowledge and information sharing platform the Alliance provides, and explore areas of common interest and collaboration. It also allows us to share learning and experiences working towards sustainable seafood in the US and UK. By doing this, we are working to deepen business commitments to sustainable seafood.

We will be sharing our experiences with Alliance members this summer, discussing the development of the SSC’s voluntary codes of conduct.

Katie Miller, Sustainable Seafood Project Lead, said:

“Becoming a collaborator with the Conservation Alliance is an exciting opportunity to share our successes in working with businesses in the UK.

“We are looking forward to learning from environmental groups in North America and discovering how we can work together for sustainable seafood solutions.”

The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions is composed of 15 US and Canadian members, including Monterey Bay Aquarium, WWF-US, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, and Environmental Defense Fund. Environmental lawyers ClientEarth join a collaborator cohort that includes the Environmental Justice Foundation, the Marine Stewardship Council and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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