In response to this crisis, SeaBOS developed the “City to Sea” Framework, a comprehensive strategy targeting areas where the seafood industry can significantly reduce plastic pollution. Our management approach leverages scientific insights and harnesses innovative solutions to cut down plastics use. Initiatives such as biennial reporting on our plastics footprints, adoption of alternative materials, reduction, reuse, and recycling of plastics, alongside awareness campaigns, comprise our multipronged approach.
Sustainable Development Goal 14: conserve and sustainable use use of the oceans, seas and marine resources
SeaBOS companies, in their commitment to ocean health, have collectively partnered with the Ocean Conservancy on an international Ocean Cleanup program, demonstrating the significance of industry-wide action against plastic pollution.
Through initiatives like a joint cleanup day led by the CEOs of the three Japanese SeaBOS companies, SeaBOS is spotlighting the issue of plastic pollution and reinforcing the importance of ocean stewardship among their workforces.
Thai Union has developed reusable models to decrease reliance on single-use plastic packaging. They’ve also partnered with the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to manage and recover discarded fishing gear.
Nissui is taking robust action by introducing non-Styrofoam packaging and enhancing fishing gear management rules using GGGI’s “Best Practice Framework”.
Skretting has implemented compostable and post-consumer recycled packaging, underlining the possibilities of sustainable alternatives.
Maruha Nichiro is advancing plastic reduction with a new production management system and strengthened buoy strength for aquaculture.
Kyokuyo’s approach includes diligent repair and maintenance to prevent plastic components of fishing nets and buoys from entering the ocean.
CP Foods, have developed reusable Q-pass tanks for transporting shrimp post-larvae and redesigned packaging to reduce plastic usage, while also ensuring product safety and nutritional value. CP Foods is also focussing on reducing plastic use in their farm business and developing alternative packaging designs.
Plastics have become ubiquitous in the environment, including marine ecosystems. Over 300 million metric tons of plastic are produced annually, with nearly 80% expected to enter landfills or the natural environment. An estimated 170 trillion plastic particles are floating in the ocean today, while thirty times as much is thought to have accumulated in sediment on the seafloor. Macroplastics from fishing activities entangle and kill marine life and seabirds, and have also been found to be the most prevalent human debris on coral reefs (see Figure). Meanwhile, microplastics (less than 5 mm in length) have been identified in the bodies of 1,288 marine species including over 750 fish species. According to the 2017 FAO report on Microplastics in Fisheries and Aquaculture, even the “worst-case scenario” of plastic ingestion due to contaminated seafood remained far below allowable daily intake levels for well-studied contaminants such as PCBs, PAHs, DDT, Bisphenol A and PBDEs. Yet, consumers remain deeply concerned about microplastics in their food (e.g. 63% of respondents in a 2020 study by the German government).
Companies can reduce the flow of plastic to the ocean by implementing comprehensive strategies that focus not just on recycling plastic waste, but systematically reducing use across the entire value chain. Advocating an overall reduction of plastic production and fully utilizing ocean cleanup efforts as a means of communication on broader issues of stewardship, responsibility and care for the environment can amplify the impact of such efforts. Since IUU fishing has also been correlated with incidences of abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear, concerted efforts to address such activities represent an additional positive impact.
Since 2021, over 5000 employees of SeaBOS member Companies have actively participated in ocean plastic cleanup activities, removing over 25 tonnes of polluting material globally.
SeaBOS developed the “City to Sea” Framework, a comprehensive strategy targeting areas where the seafood industry can signiﬁcantly reduce plastic pollution.
The three Japanese SeaBOS member companies – Nissui, Maruha-Nichiro and Kyokuyo – collaborated on a beach cleanup event in Tokyo in the summer of 2023. Over 200 staﬀ members took part, including the three company CEO’s.
Contributing to the elimination of IUU fishing and forced labour in seafood production, and mitigating the impacts on endangered species.
Healthy ocean ecosystems and rich biodiversity are vital components of ocean stewardship. This Task Force focuses on developing practices that minimize impacts of seafood production on endangered species, and to develop solutions that enhance marine ecosystems.
To work with governments towards sustainable seafood production, as well as mechanisms to reduce antibiotics in aquaculture.
To identify global solutions to the impacts of climate change on sustainable seafood production, as well as the ability of seafood production for humanity, along with a healthy ocean, to play a role in the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change impacts.