WWF publishes the results of case study on Russian king crab sourcing and traceability
WWF-Russia staff members and Orca Bay managers were among the experts who conducted a large-scale survey in Kamchatka, Primorye, South Korea, Japan, and the USA. They met with fisheries representatives, scrutinized documents and verified product labelling at key stages of the delivery process. Using a specific shipment as an example, the experts tried to track crab from the moment of catching to the moment of selling products to a retailer. The study and report finalization took about two years.
After transshipment in the Sea of Okhotsk, Russian crab is first delivered to Vladivostok. Then it is sent to Busan, South Korea, and then all the way across the Pacific Ocean to Seattle, USA. Experts used AIS system data from the fishing vessels and encouraged fishermen to mark their products with QR-codes to enable tracing of the shipment.
The experts proved legal sourcing of Russian king crab shipments. More importantly, they created a precedent and tested the traceability system which can provide significant assurances to supply chain partners, regulators, and consumers. The system can be used as an additional tool for government actions fighting IUU fishing.
The report is downloadable following this link: https://www.worldwildlife.org/publications/case-study-on-russian-king-crab-sourcing-and-traceability-pilot