This section provides a resource for managers, scientists, fishers, and other industry players seeking to harness the power of supply chains to promote sustainable management in artisanal fisheries. The full report can be read here.

Though we call it a supply “chain,” there are few products in today’s global economy that move along a simple, linear track, from production to consumption. From clothing to cars to cod, modern supply chains resemble increasingly complex networks of people and companies worldwide that produce, transform, aggregate, separate, package, transport, store, ship, trade, sell, and serve goods. Global supply chains have become sufficiently complicated, such that there are advanced degrees in supply chain management. And few supply chains are more complex, convoluted, and cryptic than those involving seafood.

This section provides an overview of seafood supply chains with a focus on those that intersect with artisanal fisheries in emerging economies.

Though we call it a supply “chain,” there are few products in today’s global economy that move along a simple, linear track, from production to consumption.

Last updated August 1, 2016

Structure of Seafood Supply Chains

Identifying which attributes may be present in a supply chain can help hone strategies for how to effectively promote and incentivize more responsible fishing practices, better data capture and tracking, and better storytelling around product origin. Learn more.

Challenges in Fishery Supply Chains

The primary ways in which seafood supply chains perpetuate poor fisheries management relate to lack of transparency, absence of traceability, and perverse incentives that encourage unsustainable fishing practices. Learn more.

Emerging Strategies for Progress

Just as there are some common supply chain challenges that impede sustainable fisheries, so too are there some common ideas and innovations that may help to address those challenges. This list of emerging strategies is not comprehensive, but rather is intended to inspire further thought, discussion, and engagement among practitioners in the field. Learn more.

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