Welcome to TESS

Tools for Ethical Seafood Sourcing (TESS) is a web tool that points you to a whole host of useful (and free) resources which can help businesses address social responsibility challenges in their seafood supply chains.


TESS launched in March 2017 as a one-stop-resource-shop. It starts with an overview of the social issues impacting on the seafood supply chain.

Seafish recognised that with so many different sources of information available on ethical issues, which range from identifying issues through to international standards and ‘on the ground’ initiatives working on the issues, it can be challenging for seafood businesses to understand this complex landscape and then decide what they need to do to identify issues and make improvements. This is where TESS can help.

TESS charts a straight-forward business improvement cycle. All the featured resources (presented as interactive records) are linked to one of six steps in this cycle which has been designed to help systematically tackle issues in seafood supply chains. All the information is publicly available on external websites, so you are taken to the source of the information. The benefit of TESS is that it brings all these resources together in one place.

How to make the most of TESS

Quick Search

TESS has been filtered by region, seafood sector and type of resource to help tailor the results to individual requirements.

How to find information on TESS

There are several different ways to find the information on TESS. From this page and the subsidiary TESS pages, there are a number of sections to help you find the information you are looking for.

The main sections of most interest:

Ethics in Seafood

Seafish has produced a number of briefing documents and guides, and produces a monthly news bulletin which is sent to all those on the mailing list for the Seafood Ethics Common Language Group.

Visit Ethics in Seafood