Certification and Traceability

Buyers of fish and seafood are increasingly demanding independently verifiable evidence that these products come from legal and sustainable fisheries or aquaculture operations.

Certification is a popular tool to provide evidence that fish and seafood from fisheries and aquaculture operations are being grown and harvested in a sustainable manner.

Seeking certification is an industry-led, voluntary, market-driven business decision which may result in improved market opportunities and increased economic benefits for the industry. There are various organizations around the world that conduct certification assessments.

The ability to trace fish and seafood is a growing requirement of buyers and governments. Some countries require proof that fish and seafood imports are not from illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries, and most certification schemes have chain of custody requirements to ensure the integrity of certified products throughout the supply chain.

Learn more about certification and traceability in the aquaculture industry and in the wild capture fisheries industry.