Tokyo Sustainable Seafood
    Symposium 2018 Report-7



    C-3: Combating IUU Fishing on National and Industry Level – Challenges of Importing Countries

    Marta Marello Martin
    Ocean Governance Director, Global Oceans Team, The Nature Conservancy

    “It is difficult to eradicate IUU fishing and secure traceability without government involvement and maintained commitment. The keys are: governance, transparency and cooperation. This applies to government and other key stakeholders such as businesses. While it is reported that approximately 30% of seafood imported into Japan comes potentially from IUU fisheries, we expect that collaborations at the government level and strengthening the business level collaborations will improve Japan’s market, the third biggest import market in the world.”

    Yukihiro Misawa
    Seafood Market Manager, WWF Japan

    “When cooperations, regulations and rules at the international level are not carried out, loopholes appear for IUU fisheries. Japanese companies understand the importance of traceability but this issue is not one that can be solved by one company alone. It is important for many stakeholders to get together for discussions and strengthen regulations.”

    Traci Linder
    Senior Project Manager, Traceability Division, FishWise

    “As a first step towards compliance with the United States’ Seafood Import Monitoring Program, companies can begin taking a deeper look into the supply chains of their higher risk products. This can be done through conducting traceability and IUU fishing risk assessment exercises, mapping higher risk supply chains, and communicating the importance of traceability and counter-IUU fishing practices to suppliers. Traceability isn’t the solution to stopping IUU fishing, but it is an excellent tool to help identify potential risks. It’s important that companies and governments implement traceability measures to help ensure that seafood entering markets is legally and responsibly sourced.”

    Jun Sakai
    Food Marketing Research and Information Center

    “Traceability laws do not exist in Japan like it does in EU or the United States. There are voluntary rules and guidelines but it is extremely difficult for one company to collect information on the complex supply chain. Export of domestic seafood will gain momentum if more companies are able to grasp the gravity of traceability, implement consistent rules and share information throughout the supply chain.”

    Yoshihiro Koyano
    IUU Fisheries Working Forum

    “When seafood from IUU fisheries are distributed in the domestic market there is a great economic loss felt by seafood companies and fishermen that are operating within the regulations. Seafood poaching is not only an issue for imported seafood; it is also an issue for domestically caught seafood as well. Securing traceability is an important method to prevent these problems.”