United Nations
Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration
by Public-Private Coalition convened by the World Economic Forum (Partnership)
We believe that improving traceability and transparency could significantly improve existing sustainability initiatives and shows the greatest promise for scalability into mainstream commercial activities. Effective traceability (tracking tuna products from vessel to the final buyer) underpins sustainability efforts as it creates transparency and accountability within the supply chain. This allows markets to encourage improved fisheries performance.

Transparency (making information on fishing operations available to authorities and the public, including vessel fishing permissions, vessel position, fishing activities, and catch and effort data) allows improved management of fisheries and encourages improved fisheries performance. Improved transparency also increases the likelihood that human rights abuses will be identified and stopped. Further technology developments will make traceability and transparency easier and more cost effective.

While the challenges facing our tuna fisheries are complex, the commitments associated with this declaration are concrete, measurable, and important milestones to improve management of global Tuna resources.
Progress reports
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
  • Market-based instruments (Individually Traded Quotas, Vessel Day Schemes, etc.)
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Data access and sharing
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
Declaration signed at UN Ocean Conference
Full end-to-end traceability of all commercial tuna into major markets
In-kind contribution
Private sector partnership to work with suppliers to ensure all tuna is traceable to vessel and trip
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - June 2020
The World Economic Forum, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Benioff Ocean Initiative, FAO,
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
  • South Atlantic
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Callie Stinson, Project Lead, Environmental Initiatives, callie.stinson@weforum.org, +41 22 869 12 12
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