Overfishing, driven in part by growing global seafood demand, has become a major threat to marine biodiversity, leading to negative impacts on ocean health, global food security, and the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on fisheries capture and production. To address these issues, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is working with the United Nations Development Programme and the Ministries and Bureaus of Fisheries and Planning of Costa Rica, Ecuador, Indonesia, and the Philippines in an interregional initiative aimed at improving fisheries sustainability and increasing global demand for sustainably produced seafood: the Global Sustainable Supply Chains for Marine Commodities Project (GMC). With funding support from the Global Environment Facility, the GMC project promotes resource conservation through the use of market-based tools.
As part of the GMC project team, SFP works to combine information resources and improvement activities to mobilize market forces to achieve more sustainable fisheries. This work includes promoting sustainable sourcing among major importers and retailers, providing support to fishery improvement projects (FIPs) in target countries, working with supply chains engaged in tuna and mahi-mahi fisheries to advocate for improved regional fisheries management, and expanding the coverage of SFP’s sustainability information systems (FishSource, Metrics, and the FIP tracking tool).