The seafood industry has come under intense scrutiny for its involvement in issues such as climate change, illegal fishing and poor working conditions in fishing and seafood processing. While several countries have taken steps to address these issues, Canada is falling behind in holding buyers and retailers accountable for labour abuse and sustainability issues in seafood supply chains.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Peter Vandergeest and Carli Melo from York University, and Melissa Marschke from the University of Ottawa write about Canada’s shortcomings and propose solutions to overcoming them.

They emphasize the need for Canada to implement human rights and environmental due diligence legislation. They also advocate for the creation of a system that monitors and enforces ethical work standards in global fishing.

They write: “Canada can play a pivotal role in fostering ethical and sustainable practices in its seafood supply chains, ensuring the well-being of workers and the environment.”

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All the best.


Eleni Vlahiotis

Assistant Editor, Business + Economy

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