A recent story in Fast Company highlighted an interesting fact; 81% of Americans believe business can be a force for positive social and environmental change. We agree!

That’s one reason we’re on our way to the 2019 Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s (SFP) Target 75 meeting in Miami this week.

If you’re not familiar with SFP, they are an international non-profit organized around two main principles: making available up-to-date information on fisheries for the benefit of major buyers and other fisheries stakeholders; and using that information to engage all stakeholders along the supply chain in fisheries improvements and moving toward sustainability. 

For their Target 75 initiative, SFP has set an interim target that by 2020, 75% of world production in key sectors is – at a minimum – either sustainable (i.e., certified by the MSC program, or green-listed in SFP’s Metrics tool) or making regular, verifiable improvements.

for wild production: certified by one of the following programs: IFFO RS, ASMI RFM, Iceland Responsible Fisheries, Fair Trade USA; or if it is under full assessment in the MSC program; or if it is in a fishery improvement project (FIP) that is making good progress (i.e., with a progress rating of A, B, or C using SFP’s FIP evaluation tool. 

for farmed production: certified by one of the following programs: ASC, BAP, GGAP; or if it is in a formal Aquaculture improvement project (AIP).

Inland has been working towards this goal in our own way for years. We have always believed in responsible sourcing and we have kept our focus on buying locally, regionally, and from domestic and international sources that already meet the above goals. 

Where we’ll be looking to engage in 2019 is with projects that move important fisheries and aquaculture efforts closer to the above goals, in a variety of ways. Helping fishermen and fish farmers understand the market value of sustainable production is key. Becoming certified or becoming involved in a FIP/AIP is a great way to gain market access and improve the long-term health of your livelihood.

Stay tuned for updates from the event, or visit the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership's website. https://www.sustainablefish.org