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Seafood Slavery Risk Tool

The Seafood Slavery Risk Tool, jointly run by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, Liberty Asia, and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, is an important tool that was “created to give businesses in the seafood and financial industries credible information about the risks of forced labor, human trafficking, and hazardous child labor in the at sea portion of seafood supply chains, so they will engage with suppliers and other stakeholders to improve conditions.” In short, the Tool rates the likelihood that forced labor, human trafficking, or hazardous child labor is occurring on fishing boats in a fishery. Credible, open access sources are used for creating the ratings and include:

  • media reports and investigative journalism
  • publications by inter-governmental organizations
  • government reports
  • NGO reports
  • academic and think tank publications

For additional insight about the human rights conditions in the seafood industry, read the informative post Transparency, Due Diligence, and the Future on the Tool’s website. In it a 2015 New York Times article, Sea Slaves, is referenced where author Ian Urbina notes that “society and the industry as a whole are still, to a great degree, ignorant about the occurrence of human rights abuses at sea and the governance needed to create a reliable framework to report and enforce laws. Unfortunately, the lack of transparency leaves many dark places where exploitation of both people and the environment occurs.” The post lists additional sources for due diligence, such as analytic tools Datarama and Giant Oak and these organizations:

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