Fishing Social Accountability Model Implementation

Terra Moana and Seafood Matter partnered in 2016 to undertake a social assessment of Austral Fisheries practices for crew-on-board their Patagonian Toothfish Southern Ocean fishing vessels.

We developed a unique Seafood Sector Social Footprint Scoring Framework. This framework and assessment process enables fishing vessel operators to understand the requirements of leading international standards for social conditions on board vessels. These include ILO188, ILOC183, SA8000, the Framework for Social Responsibility in the Seafood Sector (Certification and Ratings Collaboration, Jan 2018) and the social conditions required by the Marine Stewardship Council. This innovative work was based on their long-term involvement in sustainable seafood, and hands-on experience. 


We have now further partnered with FishListic's Peter Trott (a strategic partner of Terra Moana) to progress the application of this Footprint in tuna fisheries.


Improvement in social requirements in fishing operations initially came into the Pacific tuna industry in 2011 with the implementation of SA8000 in canneries and tuna loining factories in Papua New Guinea and the Marshall Islands. The Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), as lead organization in the Pacific, financed this project which was led by the members of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA). As a result, several tuna factories increased the awareness and levels of compliance with several social accountable standards including the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA). 


Later in 2014, Seafood Matter led the first implementation of social accountability on-board tuna purse seiners. This involved developing a benchmark tool that included the requirements of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 188, Social Accountability International’s (SAI) SA8000, and also elements from ethical business and the need for crew to have a safe way to speak up. This benchmark tool assesses progress using metrics and is underpinned by a management system.


The unique Seafood Sector Social Footprint Scoring Framework enables any fishing organization to move towards compliance with international and markets requirements. Leading markets now require high levels of reporting and transparency in relation to labor on-board.

What we offer


Terra Moana Ltd, Seafood Matter and FishListic support the implementation of these social assessment tools as well as in guiding and preparing relevant policies, guidance, and procedures. Training and communication are also key parts of the process that have been developed in this partnership to provide a comprehensive and robust model for any fishing company. We have experience in implementation with Longliners, Trawlers and Purse seiners, we can assess synergies and challenges when working on-board as well as crew living conditions.


We will prepare the fishing company to be able to confidently provide a report to improve their transparency after the labor onboard assessment and policy, guideline, training and procedure implementation.


We have experience in:


  • social auditing and implementation since 2010

  • developing social accountability models since 2016 based on metrics and company performance

  • working the seafood industry for more than 20 years, with experienced assessor and consulting teams

  • developing transparency frameworks to meet the requirements of markets and non-governmental organisations including Integrated Reporting

  • fisheries and conservation management, science and policy

  • developing full sustainability journeys including fisher capability building and responsible fisheries awareness.

Social Accountability International (SAI) Training

Terra Moana is partnering with Social Accountability International to offer SA8000 training in New Zealand and the Pacific that is open not only to those seeking to become certified auditors but also anyone interested in social compliance and auditing. This will equip participants with knowledge of the latest auditing techniques with a special focus on the SA8000 Standard for decent work. Successful completion of the course does not automatically qualify one as an SA8000 Team or Lead auditor as there are other requirements that must be met.


The first ever SA 8000 course in NZ was held in Oct 2019 with participants from different sectors including fisheries, garment and meat protein industries, capably trained by SAI's Mr Badri Gulur. For more information on future courses on this side of the globe, please complete this form.

ISO 19011: 2011 Training (25-26 Nov 2019)
Terra Moana is partnering with Seafood Matter to offer ISO19011 training in Melbourne, Australia! The training workshop will detail the importance of ISO19011:2011 for internal, second party or third-party audit. It will review the entire audit process with a focus on audit in fisheries and at processing sites to ensure a shared understanding of the key elements in the audit process and the need for auditors and assessors to use the steps in each audit process. The training will also address ISO19011:2018 aspects related to risk in auditing. 
To register please click here!