GAA Partners with IFFO, Lyons, Morrisons to Address Social Responsibility

October, 2014

The Global Aquaculture Alliance, IFFO, Lyons Seafoods Co. and Wm Morrison Supermarkets on Oct. 10, 2014, collectively agreed to a position statement addressing the social concerns related to aquafeed production.

The four organizations announced the agreement on the final day of GAA’s GOAL 2014 conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Since then, four more foodservice and retail companies have signed on to the positioning statement — M&J Seafood/Brakes Group, Direct Seafood, Tesco and Waitrose.

The positioning statement is as follows:

It is essential that robust, comprehensive and socially responsible standards are implemented within aquaculture and its supply industries and that human rights are protected. To achieve this, the parties below are committed to using their influence within aquaculture supply chains to promote the spread of good labour practices by supporting and promoting Fishery Improvement Projects that incorporate social standards based on the key elements of the ILO Work in Fishing Convention (ILO 188) (with a priority being the prevention of trafficked or bonded labour) and those programs based on these, including fishing vessel standards such as Seafish’s Responsible Fishing Scheme.
Global Aquaculture Alliance
Lyons Seafoods
Wm Morrison Supermarkets
M&J Seafood/BrakesGroup
Direct Seafood