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 rests 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 (e.g., where additional influence is beneficial or essential) 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 American Whitefish SR focuses on monitoring sustainability status and performance of whitefish fisheries in the region. Some of this production is already sustainable or improving; the SR’s role is to shift volume from the improving to the sustainable category, get additional fisheries into improvement activities, and 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 American 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: 

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 contact Pedro Ferreiro.

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, in accordance with the FIP reporting template
  • Anticipate emerging issues, such as benthic habitat impacts and other protection needs
  • Oversee all the FIPs in the scope of the Supply Chain Roundtable
  • Unify efforts on FIP activities that can be supported by suppliers throughout the region
  • Promote the design and implementation of FIPs 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 Pedro Ferreiro.

South American Whitefish SR Update, January - June 2020

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 in our SR Chronicles

1. Improvements in SR Target 75 Priority Fisheries 

Please find an overview of fisheries identified in the Target 75 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 by the buyers, as well as the national producers, is confirmed, and the plan is to create a FIP once the Argentine red shrimp inshore FIP enters into MSC full assessment. 

Further support needed: Engage with SFP if you are sourcing from the fishery.

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 fishery is not covered in existing improvements, and IUU remains a problem). The identified companies confirmed their interest in meeting at Conxemar 2019 (Southern hake) and had planned, together with US buyers, to meet at Boston 2020 (Common hake) to review interest and opportunities for engagement. However, due to COVID-19, any market industry meetings had to be cancelled, so work focused on support to the producers.

SFP has hired a consultant firm to carry out the MSC pre-assessment for the artisanal component of the Chilean southern hake fishery. The report will be available in December 2020.

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

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: Currently all FIPs are rated A for progress.

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

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 is on interaction with and engagement of individual companies in existing FIPs or FIP catalyzation on an individual basis, rather than engagement in a roundtable. 

Project Contact

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

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