By objectively assessing leading seafood producers, processors and retailers on their management practices, The Snapshot captures the current state of decapod crustacean welfare across the industry.
Findings from the inaugural benchmarking paint a mixed picture. While 50% of businesses have developed formal policies on decapod welfare, less than one in three of these have put measures in place to ensure that policies are effectively implemented. The overwhelming majority of these policies are also limited in scope, with only 7% developing a universal policy that applies to all geographies, species and products.
A positive finding is that one in five (23%) companies are already involved in research and development projects aimed at improving decapod welfare. However, producers and processors only achieved an average score of 16% for innovation and leadership, with the retail sector scoring less with an average 13%. Reporting is generally low across the sector, with only 27% reporting on their performance.
Although individual company scores range from 0% to 69%, the average overall score for all sectors across the benchmark assessment is just 20%.
While it is encouraging to see that some companies are beginning to address decapod welfare in their supply chains, The Snapshot makes it clear that there is a significant task ahead to bring the industry up to acceptable standards of welfare.