The Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) was initiated by WWF South Africa in collaboration with other networking partners in November 2004 in order to inform and educate all participants in the seafood trade, from wholesalers to restaurateurs through to seafood lovers. The initiative builds on an earlier project started in the KwaZulu-Natal Province which sought to educate restaurant dealers about the Marine Living Resources Act and other marine conservation issues.
SASSI has three primary objectives:
- Promote voluntary compliance of the law through education and awareness
- Shift consumer demand away from over-exploited species to more sustainable options
- Create awareness around marine conservation issues
The SASSI Database consists of three colour coded groups, Green, Orange and Red. The PBSA has put together a list of all species in our area and their SASSI colour coding.
GREEN: This is the group from which people are encouraged to choose from as it contains the best managed, most sustainable choices available to consumers.
ORANGE: Consumers are encouraged to consider the implications of these choices.
RED: These are species that you should never buy.