Jim O'Toole, BIM's executive director, says the GSSI recognition marks an important step for the Irish aquaculture industry.
GSSI recognizes Ireland's aquaculture certification program
The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) formally recognized the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Certified Quality Aquaculture (CQA) scheme for the scope of Aquaculture.
GSSI’s recognition shows that the Farm Standard (Issue 1, Revision 1, November 2018) of the Irish seafood development agency is in alignment with all applicable Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool (version 1.0, 8 October 2015).
The Tool is based on FAO Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification, and consists of performance areas related to scheme governance, operational management (including chain of custody) and applied aquaculture farm audit standards.
“This recognition shows that the BIM Certified Quality Aquaculture (CQA) scheme and their Farm Standard is in line with the FAO’s guidelines for aquaculture certification,” said Herman Wisse, Managing Director, GSSI.
“With four fisheries and four aquaculture schemes now recognized by GSSI, the GSSI Benchmark Tool is truly providing global alignment in seafood certification," he added.
The BIM Certified Quality Aquaculture scheme is the eighth seafood certification scheme, and the fourth aquaculture certification,and it is compared to GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool and it achieved recognition. It is also the first government run scheme to achieve recognition.
“Today marks an important step for Ireland’s seafood sector and for the Irish aquaculture industry. The endorsement of our Certified Quality Aquaculture scheme by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative, makes it one of four global aquaculture schemes that has achieved this standard for sustainable seafood,” said Jim O’Toole, BIM CEO, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency.
“Global standards are vital to help customers worldwide identify sustainable seafood to ensure transparency and to help raise standards. We are increasingly operating in a global marketplace. GSSI recognition strengthens Ireland’s reputation as a leading producer of sustainable seafood,” he concluded.
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