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United States Agency for International Development and Walton Family Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding at the Economist World Ocean Summit to improve Indonesia’s marine biodiversity conservation and fisheries management.
The initiative is part of the foundation’s 2016-2020 ocean strategy that takes a systems approach—working on both the supply and demand side—to promote sustainability in five core countries: Indonesia, Peru, Chile, Mexico and the United States. This systems approach includes:
• Empowering fishermen and local communities through rights-based management approaches that provide them with secure tenure rights;
• Making science-based decisions about annual catch limits, habitat protection and timelines for rebuilding fish stocks;
• Building capacity for fishermen, governments and civil society;
• Reforming public policies to create positive incentives that encourage responsible fishing; and
• Harnessing the market for sustainable seafood to build demand for healthy fisheries practices.
The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) is a global initiative for knowledge exchange and action to promote legal and sustainable fisheries through improved transparency in seafood supply chains. FishWise, a nonprofit sustainable seafood consultancy, will coordinate the alliance. SALT will bring together the seafood industry, governments and nongovernmental organizations to accelerate learning and collaborate on innovative solutions for legal and sustainable seafood. By improving seafood traceability, or the ability to track the movement of seafood through supply chains, businesses and governments can help ensure that seafood is legally sourced and fisheries are sustainably managed.
The approach will be designed over the next twelve months to meet the needs of key stakeholder groups, and SALT will provide the collaborative space for these groups to exchange information and expertise. The seafood industry will learn about the value of traceability for improving supply chains, reducing business risk, complying with import requirements and contributing to sustainable fisheries. Seafood-producing countries will learn how traceability can be used to improve fisheries management, meet import requirements and verify the legality of harvests. Seafood-consuming countries will have opportunities to share information about their seafood import regulations, leading to enhanced compliance and strengthened demand for legal seafood.
A broad, multilateral agreement covering all 164 countries of the WTO will be key to achieve meaningful progress, in order to help safeguard the world's fisheries. As we are talking about a truly global problem, just like for climate change, only a global solution will be enough to tackle it. Developing countries must also be allowed to build up their fleets, as long as the main objective of safeguarding sustainable global fisheries is protected. So our EU proposal foresees flexibility for developing countries, while ensuring the sustainability of fisheries globally.
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