Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship
Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) is an initiative resulting from a series of Keystone Dialogues between scientists and seafood companies. The Keystone Dialogue aims to explore whether or not a small number of “Keystone Actors” have the potential to transform the global seafood system. The SeaBOS initiative is an expression of interest from industry to explicitly test the hypothesis that a small minority of powerful actors can influence a majority of smaller actors. For the first time, the initiative connects the global seafood business to science, connects wild capture fisheries to aquaculture, and connects European and North American companies to Asian companies. The ambition is to lead a global transformation towards sustainable seafood production and a healthy ocean. The initiative will actively contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular Goal 14 – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.
Connect science and business
Connect fisheries with aquaculture
Connect seafood companies all over the world
Statement for collaboration
Our pledge for ocean stewardship – our plea to governments
Scientific management of Japanese fisheries
Companies committed to the initiative
The Scientific background
The scientific starting point
The Karuizawa Dialogue
From commitments to action
The Amersfoort Dialogue
The Stockholm Dialogue
Advancing the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship Initiative
The Soneva Dialogue
Transformative Risks and Opportunities for the Global Seafood Industry
Following the Stockholm Dialogue, several Task Forces have been organized to operationalize the priorities described in the statement. Each taskforce is led by SeaBOS members in collaboration with, and supported by, scientists at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and additional partners.
Task Force I: Addressing IUU and forced labour
Lead companies: Dongwon, Nutreco, Maruha Nichiro, and CP Foods with support from the Managing Director.
Lead scientific institutions: Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stanford Centre for Ocean Solutions, University of Birmingham
Task Force II: Improving traceability in global seafood
Lead companies: Thai Union and Nutreco with support from the Managing Director
Lead scientific institution: Royal Swedish Academy of Science
Task Force III: Working with governments to improve regulations
Lead companies: Cargill Aqua Nutrition, Nissui, Dongwon, and CP Foods with support from the Managing Director.
Lead scientific institution: Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Beijer Institute
Task Force IV: Transparency and Governance of SeaBOS
Lead companies: Managing Director, with support from Cermaq and Nissui
Lead scientific institutions: Stockholm Resilience Centre and the University of Birmingham
Task Force V: Reducing plastic in seafood supply chains
Lead companies: Thai Union, Mowi, and Kyokuyo with support from the Managing Director
Lead scientific institutions: Stockholm Resilience Centre
Task Force VI: Climate Resilience
Lead companies: Mowi, Maruha Nichiro, Cermaq, and Cargill Aqua Nutrition with support from the Managing Director.
Lead scientific institutions: Stockholm Resilience Centre, Royal Swedish Academy of Science and the Beijer Institute
Reflections on the SeaBOS initiative
Members committed to the initiative explain why it is important and how it will influence the rest of the seafood industry.