Tokyo Sustainable Seafood
    Symposium 2018 Report-5


    A-3: How Industry-led Improvement Projects are Changing the Status of Global Fisheries

    Shunji Murakami
    Japan Program Director, Ocean Outcomes 

    “We have to do what we can do because we have a shared recognition that all of those that sell, buy and catch fish cannot do business if fish disappear. I think that’s what fishery and aquaculture improvement projects are all about. I hope to continue this work with the framework that business will improve when resources improve.”

    Kumie Wama
    Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Seiyu GK

    “I feel that being involved in fishery and aquaculture improvement projects is a big merit because we can hear directly from producers and improve our understanding and awareness together with various affiliated company departments. It is important to continue selling AIP coho salmon and FIP albacore tuna and making them Seiyu’s best-selling products so we will continue to participate in these efforts.”

    Kotaro Wakiguchi
    4th Generation President, Yamasa Wakiguchi Tuna Company

    “Taking on the FIP by ourselves is a very high hurdle but we are able to continue the project because of the support from specialists and the market. We would be grateful if consumers can consider seafood from fishery improvement efforts as one of their purchasing options.”

    Kristin Sherwood
    Program Director, FishChoice

    “There are 113 fishery improvement projects currently in existence worldwide, and many more are emerging, especially in Asia and Latin America. More and more companies are committed to sourcing seafood from FIPs and are creating procurement policies that clearly indicate that commitment. provides credible and up-to-date information on FIPs in order to help companies find and track FIPs that meet their policies.”

    Shingo Suzuki
    Marukin Co.,Ltd.

    “I think that creating a new mechanism like AIPs that allow new technology and different industries to get involved will ultimately make the aquaculture industry better. Unlike wild seafood, our seafood is limited to whether it is managed properly by people so we are working on this project with a goal of being a responsible fish farm.”