Steps in the process:

  1. Learn how collecting data on people differs from products

  2. Determine what data needs to be collected

  3. Collect the data

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1: Learn how collecting data on people differs from products

Tracing people and tracing products are different matters, requiring different tools and different expertise. Data alone cannot detect all labor abuses. Even accurate and robust data requires interpretation and analysis.

If a company is in the early stages of the journey, without mechanisms or a commitment for driving remediation if exploitation is found in its supply chains, the company should be aware that collecting information directly from workers may actually place workers at further risk.

Instead, focus on the comprehensiveness and quality of information collected through due diligence efforts to minimize the potential of collecting false positives or exposing workers to risks of reprisal. At the same time, work to establish mechanisms for safe, effective remediation if signs of risk are detected so ethical supply chain management becomes possible. 

Take Action:
Start mapping your supply chains today using these tools

2: Resources for determining what product data to collect

Once you have mapped your supply chains, the next step in the process is to identify which key data elements (KDE) need to be collected. Future of Fish, FishWise, IFT, and WWF created these documents to support companies in this process.
Take Action:
Determine what data to collect today using these tools

3. Resources for incorporating traceability systems and principles

Once you have mapped your supply chains and identified which key data elements to collect, the next step is to incorporate traceability principles and systems into your operations. Use the resources below to identify the best way for your company to do that. If you're not sure where to begin or are in need of help with this, FishWise can support you - contact FishWise.
Take Action:
incorporate traceability today using these tools
FishWise: Traceability next steps for businesses
WWF: Traceability principles for wild-caught fish products

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Take steps to improve vessel transparency:

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In order to safeguard human rights and reduce illicit activity at sea, companies, along with NGOs and governments, must commit to initiatives that improve vessel transparency.

Using existing tools, companies at all levels of seafood supply chains can take action to improve vessel transparency and ensure a legal seafood supply by taking the following steps:


  1. Require all eligible vessels to have an IMO number

  2. Require all vessels to have an electronic vessel monitoring system

  3. Encourage data transfer to public vessel lists

  4. Encourage flag States, especially those of high sourcing priority, to ratify the four key international agreements

  5. Implement, or request the implementation of, the standards outlined in the four key international agreements by vessels, supply chains, and international fisheries management organizations

  6. Share key data elements about seafood sources – including fishing or farm location, flag of vessel, IMO number, and method of fishing – throughout the supply chain

  7. Continuously advocate for the adoption of the Port State Measures Agreement, Work in Fishing Convention, Cape Town Agreement, and Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel.

4: Industry initiatives driving traceability



The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) is a global alliance to promote legal and sustainable fisheries through improved transparency in seafood supply chains. SALT brings together the seafood industry, governments, and NGOs to accelerate learning and support collaboration on innovative solutions for legal and sustainable seafood, with a particular focus on traceability.

The Seafood Task Force:
The Seafood Task Force (Task Force) is a group of seafood processors, feed producers, buyers, retailers, government representatives and NGOs who have come together to address issues surrounding labour and illegal fishing in seafood supply chains currently focusing on the seas around Thailand.


The GDST is an international, business-to-business platform established to advance a unified framework for interoperable seafood traceability practices. With three technical working groups, the pre-competitive Dialogue aims to produce an aligned global framework for seafood traceability based on four pillars: internationally agreed key data elements (KDEs) to be routinely associated with seafood.