The South American Whitefish Supply Chain Roundtable seeks to bring together whitefish buyers, major suppliers, producers, and other parties to discuss South American whitefish fisheries of interest to the participants and in need of improvement. 

In fishery improvement projects (FIPs) where responsibility for progressing and implementing improvements rest with a third party (i.e., a specific company or group of individuals) the roundtable provides support and encourages the fishery to make improvements. This support can take varying forms, from advising the fishery of existing or anticipated procurement conditions or (e.g., where additional influence is beneficial or essential) can extend to the supply chain engaging regulators or fishery managers to press for legislative change. 

Much of the whitefish sector has made vast improvements in sustainability over the last decade and nearly 60 percent of global supply in wild caught whitefish is categorized as sustainable or improving.

The South America Whitefish SR focuses on monitoring sustainability status and performance of whitefish fisheries in the region. Some of this production is already sustainable or improving; their role is to shift volume from the improving to the sustainable category, get additional fisheries into FIPs and to ensure no production is removed from these categories. 

FIPs and/or Fisheries Covered: 

The South American Whitefish Supply Chain Roundtable focuses on a number of fisheries including Argentinian hake, hoki, and southern blue whiting; Peruvian hake; Chilean common and southern hake and hoki, and South America Patagonian toothfish. Please find an overview of all T75 relevant fisheries, including those currently not prioritized by the SRhere

The SR is currently looking for industry support for monitoring the performance of the following FIPs: 

Chile common hake - bottom trawl

Peruvian hake - industrial bottom trawl

For more details on the sustainability status of the fisheries, please click here. 

Supply Chain Roundtable Participants:

While the main suppliers and buyers of South American whitefish products are identified, there are no invitations and/or participants confirmed yet. Companies interested in becoming participants should email SFP. 

Objectives:

The South American Whitefish Supply Chain Roundtable seeks to bring together whitefish buyers, major suppliers, producers, and other parties to:

  • Review status of relevant whitefish stocks in the South American waters and identify improvement needs.
  • Identify improvement work underway and in need of additional support.
  • Discuss future partnership and cooperation opportunities to improve key fisheries.
  • Motivate industry to initiate FIPs where improvements are still needed.
  • Report progress of fishery improvement projects (FIPs) underway publicly according to FIP reporting template.
  • Anticipate emerging issues, such as benthic habitat impacts and other protection needs.
  • Oversee all the fishery improvement projects in scope of the Supply Chain Roundtable.
  • Unify efforts on fishery improvement project activities that can be supported by suppliers throughout the region. 
  • Promote the design and implementation of fishery improvement projects where still needed.

Improvement Recommendations:

  • Formalize your participation in the roundtable and support the above objectives. 

Progress Update: The SR's progress updates can be followed here. 

Project Contact:

If you would like more information about the Supply Chain Roundtable or wish to support it, please contact SFP.

South American Whitefish SR Update, January - June 2019

This briefing provides an update on progress, activities, and news in the areas of interest to the SR. It also indicates any actions and further support needed. A full summary of past progress, including details from past quarterly updates, can be found here

1. Improvements in SR Target 75 Priority Fisheries 

Please find an overview of fisheries identified in the 2019 T75 strategy, including those currently not necessarily prioritized by the SR, here.

Argentine hake

Update: SFP staff met with a major French buyer of Argentine hake and its Spanish supplier at the Brussels Seafood Show to review interest and support needed for starting a FIP. Interest is confirmed, and the plan is to start FIP catalyzation by the end of the year, learning from the experiences of the Argentine red shrimp bottom trawl FIPs.

Further support needed: Engage with SFP if you are sourcing from the fishery. Contact Pedro Ferreiro at SFP for more information. 

Chilean Common hake and Southern hake

Update: SFP staff has conducted a review of export data and a supply chain analysis for Chilean fisheries to identify buyers in engaged markets such as Spain and other EU countries, as well as in the US, to recruit support for existing improvements or initiation of new efforts where needed (e.g., the  artisanal Southern hake fishery is not covered in existing improvements). The identified companies will be invited to meetings during Conxemar 2019 (Southern hake) and Boston 2020 (Common hake) to review interest and opportunities for engagement.

Further support needed: SR participants to confirm their interest in improvements to SFP and their supply chains; contact Pedro Ferreiro.

2. Support to established FIPs and improvement efforts

Please find an overview of all existing FIPs and improvement efforts, their current progress rating and status here.

Update: The Chile common hake – bottom trawl FIP remains without a FIP progress rating, since it missed two consecutive reporting deadlines in fisheryprogress.org, and is thus labeled as INACTIVE on the site. However, FIP Implementers have not yet suspended the FIP. SFP has conducted a review of export data and a supply chain analysis for the fishery to identify buyers in engaged markets such as Spain and other EU countries, as well as in the US, to recruit support for existing improvements

Further support needed: SR participants to confirm their interest in improvements to SFP and their supply chains; contact Pedro Ferreiro.

3. Support for Mitigation of Overarching Sustainability Issues in the Fishery/FIP

No update or support needs currently.

4. Expansion of the SR 

SFP is in the process of identifying buyers of whitefish from Argentina and Chile. Current interest is in supporting specific improvement efforts, rather than forming a group. Thus SFP staff focus on interaction with and engagement of individual companies in existing FIPs or FIP catalyzation on an individual basis, rather than engagement in a roundtable.

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