Instructions on How to Use This Site

1. Learn about the Seafood Slavery Risk Tool

The Risk Tool rates the likelihood that forced labor, human trafficking, or hazardous child labor is occurring on fishing boats in a fishery. Ratings are not produced for countries. Evidence from credible media and authoritative institutions and civil society organizations is evaluated according to the Risk Tool’s criteria to determine a profile fishery’s rating. A fishery can be rated critical, high, moderate, or low risk. Read Methodology and FAQs for more information. 

Risk Tool ratings are produced primarily for Seafood Watch’s and SFP’s business partners and Liberty Asia’s financial sector partners to inform their due diligence. Users of the Risk Tool must still undertake comprehensive due diligence before making sourcing and investment decisions. Read What Businesses Can Do.

2. Know what you’re investing in or sourcing 

To use this Risk Tool, you’ll need to know a few basic data points about your seafood products, including: 

1. Latin or common species names; 

2. Catch locations, which could be the country of origin or flag nation of the fleet catching the seafood; and 

3. Fishing gear types (aka harvest method) such as bottom trawl, purse seine, longline, pole-and-line, etc. 

Knowing the above data points is essential to understanding the human rights risks (and environmental responsibility) of your seafood products and seafood-related investments. 

3. Check the Risk Tool’s database for ratings on your seafood products  

Enter the Latin or common name of a fish, country, seafood product, or risk category. You can also select “View All Profiles.” Search results will include the risk rating, key information about the profile fishery, and a summary explaining the rating. A PDF of the complete fishery profile is available to download. Check back regularly for new and updated risk ratings. 


Risk Profile Example

An example of a risk rating profile in the database.

4. Actively engage to drive improvements

There’s a real danger that not engaging could drive the problem underground, placing affected fishermen at even greater risk. Producers may choose to sell to less scrupulous buyers that ask fewer questions about malpractices. Hence, we argue that it’s better to actively engage and require suppliers to bring an end to forced labor, human trafficking, and hazardous child labor. Read What Businesses Can Do.