sustainable seafood

Measuring and
erformance of global seafood supply

What it does

Seafood MAP supports non-certified seafood producers, including small-scale fishing and farming communities, to become more sustainable; and helps markets to supply more sustainable seafood.

The program is developing a joint roadmap and common language based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and FAO Guidelines, while supporting local priorities. By doing so Seafood MAP will unlock the potential of both producers and investors to help non-certified fisheries and aquaculture meet the growing global demand for seafood, sustainably.

Why it’s needed

Securing healthy food and decent work for an estimated 10 billion people by 2050 presents new challenges and fresh business opportunities. Making seafood production more sustainable and reliable will create collective profits, while providing customers in Africa, Asia and Latin America with sustainable seafood.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Seafood MAP supports the seafood sector to work together towards well-managed fisheries and aquaculture production systems on a global scale in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Who’s involved

Seafood companies along the supply chain are joining Seafood MAP to lead sustainability efforts, helping to secure the supply of sustainable seafood for customers worldwide.

Governmental and non-governmental organizations are working with Seafood MAP to support small-scale operators in all regions to move along the pathway to sustainability.

Investors will allow Seafood MAP to be scaled up. Innovative finance arrangements will create investment opportunities that incentivize progress towards sustainable practices.


Get involved!

Find out what Seafood MAP can do for your organization, and how you can shape the journey.

How it works

Seafood MAP can be used to:



the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture production systems


in sourcing non-certified seafood coupled with continuous improvement


development, investment and capacity-building programs based on local needs and priorities



with other stakeholders using the same common language

Where next?

Seafood MAP is going live in 2020, with sector consultations and pilot projects worldwide. The program is co-financed by IDH. The first Seafood MAP projects to pilot this approach, co-financed by IDH and FAO, will start in mid-2020, and new project proposals are welcome.

Delivering Seafood MAP

2020 will be a year of development and pilot testing for Seafood MAP, with a detailed roadmap coming soon. The proof of concept will be delivered through five objectives:



Seafood MAP lets buyers make credible commitments in sourcing non-certified seafood coupled with incentives for continuous improvement.


Seafood MAP harnesses local knowledge and motivates the participation of small-scale communities globally.


Seafood MAP provides a common language for all stakeholders that enables efficient interventions and collaboration on the ground.



Seafood MAP accepts data and information from different sources to assess risks and determine the sustainability performance of non-certified seafood.



Seafood MAP reporting mechanisms will track progress in sustainability improvements over time.

Seafood MAP journey:


Seafood MAP framework

Q2 – 2020


Self-declaration tool

Q2 – 2020


Pilot Project

Q3 – 2020


Business model

Q4 – 2020


Seafood MAP endorsement

Q4 – 2020


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About GSSI

As the public-private partnership on seafood sustainability with 90+ stakeholders industry-wide, GSSI aligns global efforts and resources to address the latest seafood sustainability challenges. Governed by a Steering Board representing the full seafood value chain, companies, NGOs, governments and international organizations – including the FAO –, GSSI promotes sector-wide collaboration to drive forward more sustainable seafood for everyone.

For more information on the benefits of joining the GSSI Global Partnership and how to become a partner, please visit or contact


About IDH

IDH, THE SUSTAINABLE TRADE INITIATIVE is an international organization that convenes, finances and manages large programs to accelerate transitions toward sustainability together with multinational and smaller companies, governments and civil society. Headquartered in the Netherlands and funded by different governments and foundations, IDH delivers scalable, economically viable impact on the Sustainable Development Goals.

IDH operates globally in 12 different industry sectors ranging from aquaculture and tea to cotton and soy, and encourages joint investment in innovative models to realize long-term solutions for environmentally and socially sustainable production and trade.

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