The Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP) is an online reporting platform for voluntary disclosure of seafood sourcing.
Established by SFP in 2015, the ODP works toward the goal of 100-percent sustainably produced seafood by coordinating efforts to deliver greater transparency in global seafood supply chains. The ODP encourages and supports retailers and other seafood-buying companies to disclose information about their seafood sources.
For businesses that source wild-caught and/or farmed seafood, the ODP provides a simple way to answer the question:
Where does my seafood come from?
For responsible investors, NGOs, seafood consumers, and others, the ODP allows them to examine the fish sourcing practices of companies, identify environmental risks associated with seafood, make informed buying or investment decisions, and hold businesses accountable for their actions.
Participating is simple. Companies are invited to submit a list of all source fisheries and farmed fish and shellfish. The ODP team then creates a detailed company profile that showcases the company’s seafood sourcing commitments and practices, the origin of its seafood, and the environmental impact of production.
Information contained in an ODP profile includes:
- Species and location
- Production method
- Certification to an approved sustainability standard
- Participation in improvement projects
- Sustainability ratings from SFP’s FishSource, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, Marine Conservation Society’s Good Fish Guide, and NOAA’s FSSI scores
- Brief notes on environmental impacts.
Company profiles are published on the ODP’s website, where they can be freely accessed by interested stakeholders, including responsible investors, NGOs, seafood consumers, and others interested in sustainable seafood. Participating in the ODP enables companies to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable fish and shellfish sourcing through transparency around the condition of their seafood sources and improvement efforts.
To sign up for the latest news and updates via email from the ODP, click subscribe. More details about the ODP, as well as past and present company disclosures, can be found at www.oceandisclosureproject.org.
What participating companies are saying about the ODP:
“…this project has validated our own internal traceability platform and continues to create a high level of accountability that our own internal sustainability policy, as well as the UN SDG 14 goals focused on sourcing more sustainable seafood, are being achieved. Any company that cares about maintaining a profitable business and the long-term promotion of a sustainable resource needs to join this project and help us create a transparent tipping point of change."
Guy Dean, (formerly) vice president and chief sustainability officer at Albion Farms & Fisheries
"We are committed to responsibly sourcing all of our own-brand fish and seafood by the end of 2020. The Ocean Disclosure Project offers an exciting opportunity for us to publicly demonstrate this commitment and increase transparency of our seafood sourcing."
Daniel Baker, Corporate Responsibility Director for ALDI Australia
“We see the Ocean Disclosure Project as an important mechanism for stakeholders to judge our progress. We believe in transparency in how we source our fish and shellfish to enable consumers to make informed purchasing decisions.”
Chris Brown, Sustainability Director for Asda
"The Co-op takes its responsibilities towards seafood sustainability very seriously, and we were proud to be one of the first companies to participate in the Ocean Disclosure Project. It’s a great platform to share information and best practice and means we can provide our customers and members with up-to-date and transparent information on where we source our wild-capture fish from."
Aisla Jones, Fish Sustainability Manager for The Co-op
“Through our collaboration on the Ocean Disclosure Project, we are able to evaluate our current sustainability landscape, prioritize our impact, and support the supply chain, from the fishermen to the processors, through fishery improvement projects, allowing us to ultimately offer our customers more of the options they are looking for."
Maria Brous, director of media and community relations for Publix
“We want our customers to be able to enjoy sustainable and affordable fish now and long into the future, so we’re determined to play our part in protecting the world’s oceans and fish stocks. Publishing data as part of the Ocean Disclosure Project underlines our commitment to transparency right across our supply chains, as we continue to drive up standards in environmental sustainability.”
Giles Bolton, Responsible Sourcing Director for Tesco
"We are very proud to be a part of the Ocean Disclosure Project. Their system allows us to see a top-level snapshot of where we can improve our raw materials sourcing to meet our sustainability goals."
Robert Reierson, President and CEO of Tradex
“We are proud of our efforts to make the seafood we sell more sustainable, and joining the Ocean Disclosure Project is one more way we can show our passion and commitment for sustainability and transparency. ODP provides an important service to consumers and other stakeholders when understanding where their seafood comes from.”
Laura Phillips, Senior Vice President of Sustainability for Walmart US
The ODP and its participants have earned the praise of environmental groups such as Greenpeace UK, as well as representatives of the responsible investment community.
“Transparency is the first step towards ensuring sustainable sourcing and ethical supply chains. With the launch of its new website, the Ocean Disclosure Project is making it ever easier for companies and their customers to be confident that the fish they’re buying is sustainable. It’s a great resource, and we’d encourage companies to use it and to critically engage with improving their sustainability.”
Will McCallum, Head of Oceans at Greenpeace UK
“Understanding the sustainability of raw materials is essential to the responsible investment community. The Ocean Disclosure Project allows investors to understand the sustainability performance of individual companies regarding seafood as well as supporting high-quality dialogues that can lead to real positive change in the way we manage the oceans."
Abigail Herron, Head of Responsible Investment Engagement at Aviva Investors
Disclosing their seafood sourcing through the ODP or other means represents one way in which businesses can contribute to the SDGs. Among other efforts, companies that commit to sourcing from more sustainable fisheries contribute to Target 14.4 to “effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices” by 2020. An ODP profile provides an assessment of whether that commitment is being fulfilled.