Human Rights and Seafood Sustainability

SMEA Research Assistant Professor Yoshitaka Ota and Professor Eddie Allison are co-authors on “The role of human rights in implementing socially responsible seafood,” recently published in PLOS ONE. Ota led this collaborative research project involving experts on governance, law, and supply chain studies from four universities. The article reviews the literature on seafood sustainability standards, finding that certification criteria generally focus on natural environmental outcomes while too often failing to address impacts on fisheries workers, even including human rights violations. The paper explores opportunities for and challenges to implementing legal and policy frameworks for seafood supply chains that extend beyond environmental sustainability to protect economic, social and cultural rights. Read the full paper on the PLOS ONE website.