Methodology

Steps to create a profile  

Analysts follow a robust process of data collection, analysis, and assessment to produce a fishery profile (see Figure 1). The process includes gathering credible, publicly available evidence of forced labor, human trafficking, or hazardous child labor in the profile fishery and a country’s fishing industry. Analysts also assess if the country meets the Risk Tool’s country criteria.  

 

Figure 1

 

Figure 1. The Seafood Slavery Risk Tool's fishery profile development process. 

 

Evidence of forced labor, human trafficking, or hazardous child labor in a country’s seafood processing, forestry, agriculture, and aquaculture industries may be examined as indicators of risk for the at sea portion of a fishery. See the Seafood Slavery Risk Tool’s conceptual model below to view which pathways trigger an examination of related industries.  

The Risk Tool’s rating only applies to the profile fishery. Ratings are not produced for countries. All profiles undergo a rigorous review process, including by external experts. Read Seafood Slavery Risk Tool Methodology for further details about the fishery profile development process. 

Sources of information used to determine risk rating

Analysts gather publicly available evidence from credible media and authoritative institutions and civil society organizations. Sources may include:  

 Criteria for credible and valid evidence  

We value feedback from all users, and we’ll evaluate and use any publicly available, evidence-based information if it’s deemed credible. Information can be submitted via Contact Us

Risk Ratings 

The below conceptual model illustrates the paths to critical, high, medium, or low risk. Read Seafood Slavery Risk Tool Methodology for further information.  

 

Conceptual Model 

Figure 2. Figure 1. Conceptual model illustrating the different pathways to critical, high, moderate, and low risk. A fishery defaults to LOW risk if it’s Fair Trade U.S.-certified or direct evidence of supply chain due diligence is provided. In addition, ​if there are ​​vessels within a Risk Tool-rated fishery that are registered with a vessel-based accreditation program that requires decent working conditions for crewmembers​, the vessels are exempt from the fishery risk rating and rated LOW risk.