The Common Language Framework​

Seafood MAP uses a framework that creates a common language that can be used across the world in a standardized way.

Harmonizing the landscape

Seafood MAP’s unique framework helps communities, industry, markets, and improvement enablers to explain their contribution to the UN SDGs.
The framework is driven by three core components:

Principles that articulate a set of globally shared goals and values,

Practices through which users communicate their actions, commitments and progress, and

Foodicons that each tag a single piece of information – creating the searchable tool that allows the Seafood MAP community to connect and harness collective action.

Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs are a set of 17 goals adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 to guide global efforts towards sustainable development by 2030. The SDGs require the collective efforts of governments, businesses, civil society, and individuals around the world. 

Seafood MAP translates the UN SDGs to the context of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and adopts a storytelling approach to explain the priorities and needs of the user – which varies from community, region, market and species. 

By building an understanding of the context in which a producer, community, buyer or program operates, Seafood MAP provides the starting point to unlock relevant support, to deepen supply chain due diligence, and to become more efficient in impact reporting against the UN SDGs.


Seafood MAP uses Foodicons to establish a common language.

Foodicons are a collection of icons that help visually explain key principles that define global food systems. Anchored in the UN SDGs, Foodicons act as a digital footprint to allow for a common language to be used across the world in a standardized way.