Recent Projects

sustainable seafood coalition

Review of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Code of Conduct for responsible sourcing and labelling of seafood

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), May – Dec 2020

The project involves interviews, questionnaires and product sampling to assess adherence and effectiveness of the SSC Code of Conduct for responsible sourcing and labelling of seafood. Strategic support to the project through review of the questionnaire, analysis and final report. Working with Key Traceability. 

European Federation of Transport Workers

Analysis and report on the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) approaches to forced and child labour policies, practices and measures

Marine Stewardship Council, Dec 2019 – Oct 2020

Developed and analysed a database of responses from MSC Certificate Holders on their approaches to avoiding child and forced labour. The analysis assesses tools that are used to mitigate risks, highlights best-practice and assesses how the approaches vary per country, species or scale. The report also provides recommendations on next steps and future reporting. 

European Federation of Transport Workers demonstration

Developing a socially sustainable CFP: Worker’s organisations involvement in fisheries and seafood sectors (EFT/EFFAT)

European Federation of Transport Workers, March 2018 – Dec 2019

Working with Key Traceability to assess the impacts and implications of the CFP on workers within the fisheries and seafood sectors. The project set up a series of workshops with workers’ groups to determine how the CFP can be reformed to support social sustainability into the future.

Communication strategy and workshop output: Hauling Up Solutions to reduce cetacean fisheries bycatch

Defra, Cefas and Zoological Society of London (ZSL), January – June 2019

Developed a communication strategy for a stakeholder workshop to increase uptake of the event, summary and next steps. Authored in collaboration with Defra, Cefas, ZSL and Mindfully Wired a workshop report outlining the issues of cetacean bycatch within the UK and key recommendations for Defra and Cefas to take forward.

Summary of white paper on Ocean Sustainability in the Indian Ocean Rim (Economist Intelligence Unit)

The Economist Intelligence Unit, September 2018 – March 2019

Brought together the thematic chapters of the white paper into the concluding chapter drawing out the cross-cutting strategies to transition to a blue economy within the Indian Ocean region; covering key lessons on governance, finance and innovation. Collaborated with Mindfully Wired who undertook the interviews with quotes and reflections woven into the summary.

Learnings and best practice of the Fair Trade seafood program: Impact assessment (2014-2018)

Fair Trade USA, June – Nov 2018

Analysis of socioeconomic and environmental impacts of registered fishing communities over the course of the Fair Trade Seafood Program and Capture Fisheries Standard. The impact assessment reviewed fishery surveys, audits and conducting interviews with representatives throughout the supply chain. Working together with Melanie Siggs and Iain Pollard.

Developing a socially sustainable CFP: Worker organisations’ role in a reformed fishery and seafood sector

European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) & European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT), March 2018 – Dec 2019

Involved in a team assessing the current impacts and implications of the CFP on workers within the fisheries and seafood sectors. A series of seminars bringing together worker groups from across Europe representing the fishery and seafood sector are assessing how the CFP can be reformed to achieve a socially sustainable future.

EU Market Scoping for Fair Trade Certified Seafood

Fair Trade USA, Sept – Nov 2017

Market scoping project to determine the extent of a market in Europe for Fair Trade (USA) certified seafood. This involved extensive analysis of trade flows and stakeholder consultations (mainly with seafood buyers and retailers) working with Melanie Siggs and Iain Pollard.

Assessment of the proposal for a multi–annual plan (under the CFP) for small pelagics in the Adriatic Sea (EDF)

Environmental Defense Fund, September 2017 – March 2018

Charlotte was asked to evaluate the progress of the proposal, undertake a stakeholder analysis and identify opportunities for EDF to assist in advising on developing the multi-annual plan and its implementation.

Feasibility of an Aquaculture and Fisheries Research and Development Centre at Brixham Laboratory

Sustainable Leadership Ltd, April – June 2017

Charlotte supported Sustainable Leadership Ltd to develop a summary report communicating the key messages from a feasibility project to set up a Blue Research Hub in Brixham UK.

Communicating key messages of a new policy approach towards fisheries services

World Bank, September 2016 – ongoing

Working with Steve Cunningham (IDDRA) to promote an approach to improve the fisheries sector contribution to economic growth by considering activities and services along the entire value chain and where there may be comparative advantage to trade in fisheries services.

Communicating key messages of a new policy approach towards fisheries services

World Bank, September 2016 – May 2017

Worked with Steve Cunningham (IDDRA) to promote an approach to improve the fisheries sector contribution to economic growth by considering activities and services along the entire value chain and where there may be comparative advantage to trade in fisheries services.

Scallop management case studies: lessons from management involving secure tenure

Environmental Defence Fund (EDF) , Aug 2015 – May 2016

An institutional analysis is being undertaken for four case studies of king scallop management, elaborating on the benefits of secure tenure and transferable lessons for management within the English Channel.

MSC Reassessment of the Cornish Sardine Fishery

MacAlister Elliot (MEC), May 2015 – Dec 2016

Charlotte is the Principle 2 expert on the assessment team. The fishery is going through reassessment against the MSC principles of sustainable fisheries management.

Economic analysis of the English Channel scallop fishery

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) , Jan-May 2015

This study involves an economic assessment of the fishery leading to a qualitative analysis of costs and benefits of different management options.

Market assessment and regulatory review for UK caught scallops

Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) , June – October 2014

SIFT are working to improve sustainability of scallop fishing in the UK. This study supported this work by providing a supply chain and regulatory analysis of UK-caught scallops.

Review of seafood companies that have signed up to both environmental and social standards

Private client, May – June 2014

The objective of this work was to map the seafood companies that are pro-actively adhering to social standards as well as established environmental standards e.g. MSC.

Development of a monitoring framework for marine elements of the EU Biodiversity Strategy

MRAG Ltd, Sept 2013 – March 2014

In consultation with the EU commission, Charlotte was responsible for identifying indicators and a monitoring framework for marine elements of the EU Biodiversity Strategy.

Northern Devon

Understanding the Market and Supply Chain for Fish Caught and Landed in Northern Devon

North Devon FLAG, Nov 2012 – Feb 2013

North Devon has a regional fleet but limited value-added captured within the immediate area. The study assessed the main leakages in value-added, and opportunities to retain more value within Northern Devon. A value-chain analysis was undertaken and interviews with stakeholders throughout the chain.

Exmouth Mussels

MSC Assessment of the Exmouth Mussel Fishery

McAlister Elliot, Feb – July 2012

Charlotte led Principle 2 of the MSC assessment of the Exmouth Mussel Fishery in Devon, UK. This involved site visits stakeholder consultations and rating the fishery against the MSC principles and criteria.

Fisheries in Transition: 50 Interviews with the Fishing Sector

The Prince's Charities' International Sustainability Unit , September 2001 - February 2012

Charlotte led the collection of 50 interviews with representatives from the fishing sector makingchanges for sustainability. The objective was to find out first hand the economic, environmental and social benefits of making the transition and illustrate the opportunities open to other fisheries worldwide.

Networks and Net Benefits

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) , August - November 2011

Charlotte undertook a series of interviews to tell the story of small-scale developing country fisheries that have engaged with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) programme and used it as a spring board to develop partnerships, improve management and explore new markets and opportunities.

MSC Audit of the Cornish Sardine Fisheries

Mac-Allister Elliot, August 2011

Charlotte provided ecological expertise to undertake the first annual review of the small-scale Cornish Sardine Fishery as part of the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) surveillance audits. 

Fisheries Standards & Certification

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, June 2011

Charlotte worked with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) to develop a series of decision trees for companies to select the most appropriate fisheries standards or certification to suit their purposes.

Responsible fish sourcing

Responsible fish sourcing

Private Client, June 2010 – ongoing

This project assesses risks of shipping illegal and unsustainable fish. The first phase is to assess the supply structure and highlight areas of high risk using a selection of fisheries assessment methodologies as benchmarks. The second phase will lead to the development of a responsible fish sourcing policy.

Opportunities within the CFP reform to support good global fisheries governance

DEFRA, March – June 2010

Charlotte led this project to assess current linkages between the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) external dimension and good global fisheries governance. The aim was to identify ways the CFP reform can improve good fisheries governance and help inform the UK’s position on the reform due in 2012. Link to report


Editing for the FAO HIV/AIDS & Fisheries West Africa Programme

Oct 2009 – ongoing

Editing, improving structure and designing graphics for reports in English & French, FAO HIV/AIDS & Fisheries West Africa Programme. The documents have included:

Support to DFID on new approaches to sustainable development certification

DFID, July 2009 – March 2010

Charlotte provided a coordination role to explore new approaches to certification. This role included organising a workshop on Fisheries Performance Indicators and assessing how social indicators could be integrated within a wealth based fisheries management (WBFM) approach.

Supply Chain

Fisheries certification and the supply chain

Commonwealth Institute, Jan – March 2009

While working at MRAG, Charlotte Tindall contributed a chapter to a book to be published by the Commonwealth Institute on Sustainable Fisheries Management. This covered supply chain issues for developing countries, new demands from the market for environmental sustainability and legality and capacity of developing countries to reach these standards.