SINGAPORE - The Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative (ASIC) is pleased to announce that it has joined the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) as an Affiliate Partner with the Seafood MAP project in an effort to more broadly promote its work in the sustainable seafood space.
Launched in 2020 as a new market and investment program, the Seafood MAP project - Measuring and Accelerating Performance of global seafood supply - is based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and FAO Guidelines, and was created in response to the pressing need industry-wide for more responsible practices. For those seafood producers who are not certified, Seafood MAP provides guidance and incentives to help them become more sustainable and improve their livelihoods.
ASIC recognizes that the complex challenges facing the seafood industry require innovative, collaborative solutions. “Our partnership with the GSSI Seafood MAP project strategically aligns with our mission to foster improvements and strengthen our global positioning in shaping a sustainable seafood supply chain. Through this multi-stakeholder platform, ASIC can accelerate place-based initiatives, by bringing more recognition of our improvement tools that support the improvement of non-certified small-scale seafood producers in Southeast Asia,” says ASIC Chair, Rosanna Contreras.
The Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative is a burgeoning regional collaboration between private sector stakeholders from Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, and the Philippines to tackle social and environmental sustainability challenges facing the industry. To support Asian stakeholders in becoming agents of their own empowerment and through collaboration, create pathways for seafood improvement that account for the social, environmental, and traceability challenges facing the region.
As the public-private partnership on seafood sustainability with 90+ stakeholders industry-wide, GSSI aligns global efforts and resources to address the latest seafood sustainability challenges. Governed by a Steering Board representing the full seafood value chain, companies, NGOs, governments and international organizations – including the FAO – GSSI promotes sector-wide collaboration to drive forward more sustainable seafood for everyone.
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