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Seafood Stewardship Index
by Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands (Government)
The Seafood Stewardship Index is a benchmark that will focus on the stewardship of natural resources and supply chains by leading seafood companies. Seafood companies have an important role in ensuring they do not undermine the functioning of the ecosystems they rely upon and that products are sourced responsibly. The Ministry of Economic Affairs has committed to co-finance the development of this Index. This supports Index Initiative in:
Organizing a series of multi-stakeholder roundtables and outreach events
Developing the benchmarking methodology
Developing the Seafood Stewardship Index
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
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
  • Market-based instruments (Individually Traded Quotas, Vessel Day Schemes, etc.)
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
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
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Transfer of fishing technology
  • Access and capacity building for eco-labelling and traceability systems
March 2018
Organizing a series of roundtables and outreach events bringing together a broad range of stakeholders. These roundtables and events will focus on what different stakeholders expect from the seafood industry with regards to stewardship of natural resources and supply chains (Q1 2018)
March 2018
Developing the Seafood Stewardship Index methodology. Building on extensive research and the outcomes of the events and roundtables, a balanced benchmarking methodology will be developed that outlines the scopes, themes and metrics included in the Index (Q1 2018).
March 2019
Publishing the Seafood Stewardship Index. Based on the benchmarking methodology, leading seafood companies will be assessed and compared. The results of this assessment will be published in a report (Q1 2019).
Financing (in USD)
151,000 USD
Financing (in USD)
50,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Oxfam, the Sustainable Fishing Partnership, The Stockholm Resilience Centre, Aviva Investors, Solidaridad, the Marine Stewardship Council provided technical expertise and helpe organise consultations and outreach events.
Basic information
Time-frame: April 2017 - March 2019
Ministry of Economic Affairs (Governement) Index Initiative (Non-profit Organization) Other Partners are sought
Ocean Basins
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Global
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
  • South Atlantic
  • South Pacific
  • Southern Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Private sector NGO's Investors Financial sector International organisations
Contact information
Liz ter Kuile, Senior Advisor on Polar Affairs & Oceans, liz-ter.kuile@minbuza.nl, +31 70 348 4631
The Netherlands
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