Fish landing. (Photo: GSSI)
GSSI recognises Iceland fishery certification program
The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has acknowledged the validity of the Iceland Responsible Fisheries Management (IRFM) Certification Program. The scheme is in alignment with all 143 Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool, consisting of performance areas related to scheme governance, operational management and applied wild-capture fisheries audit standards.
The Essential Components are based on the FAO Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries as well as the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.
“Participation in the GSSI process has been a valuable journey for us and has given us the opportunity to look at our own certification program in a critical way. We expect that this tool, which honours internationally adopted principles and guidelines, will level the playing field and promote order in the market for seafood,” pointed out Dr. Hrefna Karlsdóttir, manager at Iceland Responsible Fisheries Foundation.
The mission of GSSI is to ensure confidence in the supply and promotion of seafood, by increasing comparability and transparency in seafood certification and enable informed choice for procurement of certified seafood.
The Benchmark Tool is based on international reference documents from FAO and will identify and recognise robust and credible certification schemes.
GSSI is a global platform and partnership of seafood companies, NGOs, experts, governmental and intergovernmental organisations whose partners have committed to recognise all GSSI recognised certification schemes as acceptable when sourcing for certified seafood.
Amongst GSSI partners are Ahold, Delhaize, Metro Group, Morrisons, High Liner Foods and Trident.
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