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Sustaining ocean ecosystems and the people who depend on them by transforming global seafood supply chains
Message from the CEO Tobias
Greetings ,

On this World Ocean Day, we celebrate our mission to sustain ocean ecosystems and the people who depend on them by transforming global seafood supply chains. This year's United Nations' theme is "The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods," which aligns closely with our mission and work at FishWise. We acknowledge that to be successful in our work; transformation must be extended to ourselves, both as individuals and as an organization. How can we best bring our whole selves to work and the most impactful version of FishWise to the world? As we ask these questions, I am excited to share FishWise's Equity Vision -- a result of our team's effort and reflection on our collective aspiration. This vision is one part of our larger commitment to equity, all of which has been made possible through the generous support of the Walmart and David and Lucile Packard Foundations, our external mentors, and the efforts of our team. 

While we newly define our internal efforts, we also celebrate our contributions to industry transformation. Just last month, our team released an enhanced version of the Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE) to help companies navigate human and labor rights challenges and create the conditions for decent work across seafood supply chains. RISE is built specifically for the seafood industry and provides solutions for its unique challenges, while drawing from best practices and proven approaches from other sectors. Our team looks forward to hearing how this new resource supports the seafood community in building social responsibility into their seafood commitments moving forward. 

I look forward to sharing progress on all of this important work in the coming months, and we hope you will join FishWise on this journey to support people and the planet through your work and daily choices. 


With optimism, 
Tobias Aguirre
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RISE TO THE CHALLENGE:
IMPROVING HUMAN RIGHTS IN SEAFOOD
Today, the seafood industry employs an estimated 60 million people who harvest, process, pack, and ship seafood worldwide. By virtue of working in a highly hazardous industry, many of these workers are at risk of working in unsafe or unethical conditions.

On May 5th, with the support of the Walmart Foundation, FishWise released an enhanced Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE), to help companies navigate human and labor rights challenges and create the conditions for decent work across seafood supply chains. RISE is built specifically for the seafood industry and addresses this industry's unique challenges and opportunities. 


The free online platform features an eight-step Roadmap with tailored guidance for Retailers/Brands, Suppliers, Processors, and Producers to develop or accelerate a social responsibility program. RISE also provides detailed guidance to build a strong foundation for socially responsible seafood, through investments in Responsible Recruitment, Worker Engagement, and Decent Work at Sea. RISE is now available in 20 languages and organizes a broad selection of tools and resources tailored for the industry by seafood, human rights, and labor experts. Visit RISEseafood.org to learn more and join us on July 15 for a RISE webinar hosted by Seafood Source (Link to be posted soon)! 
PART OF THE SOLUTION
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In celebration of World Ocean Day, FishWise and fellow members of the Packard Foundation's Sustainable Seafood Communications Peer Learning Network have teamed up to celebrate the interconnection between people and the planet.

FishWise is #PartOfTheSolution by providing seafood companies with an enhanced Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE) with clear and practical steps for companies to improve labor and human rights in seafood. RISE is a one-stop-shop for companies to find the latest industry-relevant information and tools while connecting to human rights experts to accelerate your social responsibility journey. Visit RISEseafood.org to take the next step today. 
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION (DEI) AT FISHWISE
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Our new Equity Vision sets a northstar for the FishWise we want to be. In 2021, we began working with the social impact agency DoGoodery who provided foundational DEI training to our staff. DoGoodery also helped us begin to implement DEI best practices into our internal policies, such as adding counter-bias steps into our hiring and recruitment process. For the remainder of the year, we're working to engage on DEI with our Board of Directors and to create a detailed plan for equity at FishWise that will lead us to our vision. 
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
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Love seafood, but unsure of how to shop responsibly? These four tips from our producer partner, Pescavore, will guide you to make the right seafood choices. We also invite you to watch a recent interview featuring sustainable seafood advocate, Valentine Thomas and FishWise Director of Business Engagement, Ashley Greenley on the role of NGOs and sustainable seafood. 

TACKLING ILLEGAL FISHING AND HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
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Last month, there was exciting news from Capitol Hill as a new bipartisan bill, the Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act, was introduced to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and human rights abuses in seafood supply chains. This bill is a significant step forward in linking IUU fishing to forced labor, making seafood import monitoring more effective by strengthening from existing Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), as well as improving interagency coordination and communications. As Sara Lewis, Traceability Division Director, stated: 

"FishWise applauds efforts to expand the definition of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing to include products produced by forced labor. This bill constitutes a landmark step towards a comprehensive approach to ensuring seafood sustainability and transparency in the industry, that promotes and encourages verification of environmental and social safeguards throughout the supply chain. The proposed steps to strengthen the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) will improve the ability of regulators to coordinate across agencies on capacity building and enforcement, more effectively closing U.S. markets to products associated with illegal and exploitative practices." 
Passion in the job
creates change in the world
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Brynn O'Donnell, Senior Project Manager
What book has been an inspiration to your work? 'Outlaw Ocean' by Ian Urbina has been one of the most recent books to inspire my work. He shows, through his captivating stories, the complexity and human dimensions of managing international waters. 

What is your favorite way to play in the ocean? I love to surf. It helps me to connect with the ocean and appreciate the sheer power of water!  

Welcome to Fishwise
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Meet Hanae Matsui!
Our team is thrilled to welcome Hanae Matsui as the newest member of our Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) team! As the SALT senior project manager, Hanae supports operations and communications efforts. Before joining FishWise, Hanae led the communications strategy at Seafood Legacy and helped to grow this Tokyo-based sustainable seafood consultancy. Outside of work, Hanae is passionate about rescuing dogs and she is currently a foster mom of four pups!  


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