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Evolving Perspectives of Stewardship in the Seafood Industry

R. Blasiak, A. Dauriach, J. Jouffray, C. Carl Folke, H. Österblom, J. Bebbington, F. Bengtsson, A. Causevic, B. Geerts, W. Grønbrekk, P. J. G. Henriksson, S. Käll, D. Leadbitter, D. McBain, G. O. Crespo, H. Packer, I. Sakaguchi, L. Schultz, E. R. Selig, M. Troell, J. Villalón, W. C., E. Wassénius, R. Watson, N. Yagi, B. Crona, (2021). Frontiers in Marine Science 8,

stewardship, seafood, management, policy, global,

10.3389/fmars.2021.671837, http://www.ecomarres.com/downloads/Stewardship.pdf

Humanity has never benefited more from the ocean as a source of food, livelihoods, and well-being, yet on a global scale this has been accompanied by trajectories of degradation and persistent inequity. Awareness of this has spurred policymakers to develop an expanding network of ocean governance instruments, catalyzed civil society pressure on the public and private sector, and motivated engagement by the general public as consumers and constituents. Among local communities, diverse examples of stewardship have rested on the foundation of care, knowledge and agency. But does an analog for stewardship exist in the context of globally active multinational corporations? Here, we consider the seafood industry and its efforts to navigate this new reality through private governance. We examine paradigmatic events in the history of the sustainable seafood movement, from seafood boycotts in the 1970s through to the emergence of certification measures, benchmarks, and diverse voluntary environmental programs. We note four dimensions of stewardship in which efforts by actors within the seafood industry have aligned with theoretical concepts of stewardship, which we describe as (1) moving beyond compliance, (2) taking a systems perspective, (3) living with uncertainty, and (4) understanding humans as embedded elements of the biosphere. In conclusion, we identify emerging stewardship challenges for the seafood industry and suggest the urgent need to embrace a broader notion of ocean stewardship that extends beyond seafood.

Food for All: Designing Sustainable and Secure Future Seafood Systems

A. K. Farmery, K. Karen Alexander, K. Anderson, J. L. Blanchard, C. Carter, K. Evans, M. Fischer, A. Fleming, S. Frusher, E. A. Fulton, B. Haas, C. K. MacLeod, L. Murray, K. L. Nash, G. Pecl, Y. Rousseau, R. Trebilco, I. E. van Putten, S. Mauli, L. Dutra, G. D., J. Kaltavara, R. Watson, B. Nowak, (2021). Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries,

food and nutrition security, equity, mariculture, wild capture fisheries, blue food, food system, seafood,

10.1007/s11160-021-09663-x, http://www.ecomarres.com/downloads/Farmery_Food.pdf

Food from the sea can make a larger contribution to healthy and sustainable diets, and to addressing hunger and malnutrition, through improvements in production, distribution and equitable access to wild harvesting and mariculture resources and products. The supply and consumption of seafood is influenced by `drivers’

including ecosystem change and ocean regulation, the influence of corporations and evolving consumer demand, as well as the growing focus on the importance of seafood for meeting nutritional needs. These changes need to be examined in a holistic way to develop an informed understanding of the needs, potential impacts and solutions that align seafood production and consumption with relevant 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This paper uses an evidence-based narrative approach to examine how the anticipated global trends for seafood might be experienced by people in different social, geographical and economic situations over the next ten years. Key drivers influencing seafood within the global food system are identified and used to construct a future scenario based on our current trajectory (Business-as-usual 2030). Descriptive pathways and actions are then presented for a more sustainable future scenario that strives towards achieving the SDGs as far as technically possible (More sustainable 2030). Prioritising actions that not only sustainably produce more seafood, but consider aspects of access and utilisation for all, particularly those who are foodand nutrition insecure, is an essential part of designing sustainable and secure future seafood systems.

Naturalness as a Basis for Incorporating Marine Biodiversity into Life Cycle Assessment of Seafood

A. K. Farmery, S. Jennings, C. Gardner, R. A. Watson, B. Green, (In Press). The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 3.

Biodiversity, Hemeroby, Land use, Life cycle assessment, Naturalness, Sea floor, Seafood, Seawater column  Continue reading