BOSTON – Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is pleased to announce the merging of two squid Supply Chain Roundtables (SRs) that together will encompass more than 20 squid fisheries worldwide and pave the way toward a more sustainable global squid industry.

Industrial stakeholders backing the two SRs, which encompass squid production in Southeast Asia and South America, announced the SRs were combining following key discussions this week during Seafood Expo North America in Boston.

The move will unite sectors, simplifying efforts by industry stakeholders to monitor and operate various squid fishery improvement projects around the world.

“Globally, squid fisheries share a lot of challenges,” said Sam Grimley, SFP’s Director of Buyer Engagement Strategic Initiatives, who coordinated the meeting.

An SR is an industry-led body that oversees the progress of fishery improvement projects (FIPs) and/or aquaculture improvement projects (AIPs). SRs are often necessary to manage multiple FIPs and/or AIPs.

The new merged SR will include more than 20 companies. Stefano Pagliai, Director of Procurement at PanaPesca, based in Pembroke, MA, in the US, agreed that merging the two SRs will make managing global squid FIPs much easier. “For us, it really makes sense to have the global picture.”