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GAA will be in charge of operating and managing Seafish's responsible fisheries scheme.

Seafish migrates its certification scheme to GAA

  (UNITED KINGDOM, 4/25/2018)

Seafish has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) to migrate its Responsible Fisheries Scheme (RFS) to the GAA’s Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) program. 

As part of the agreement, GAA will establish the not-for-profit GSA Program, which will bring together a network of standards to ensure all aspects of the wild seafood supply chain are covered, with the RFS a key standard in this new suite.

"Seafish is excited to be involved in this ground-breaking international initiative helping provide assurance to the whole seafood supply chain. Our focus over this transition period is to continue to support current RFS members in the UK and to encourage even more vessels across the UK fleet to join this landmark scheme," pointed out Marcus Coleman, Seafish CEO.

During 2017, following a decision by the Seafish Board, Seafish launched a public procurement exercise to find a not-for-profit entity that could operate, manage and deliver the RFS on a global scale while maintaining the ethos of a robust standard that has been developed "by industry, for industry" in conjunction with relevant NGOs.

The successful bidder was the GAA, which owns a renowned 3rd party global standard, Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification scheme.

The GAA have a vision to address the gap that currently exists in the availability of credible third party certification schemes that provide assurance for wild fisheries supply chains.

During this transition phase, Seafish will retain responsibility for the ongoing management and delivery of the RFS in the UK while Seafish and the GSA will work collaboratively to develop the RFS standard to version 2, to ensure ILO 188 compliance.

In order to maintain the ethos of the RFS standard moving forward, Seafish will hold a seat on the GSA Board.

Following transition, Seafish will also have the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development of the standard through its membership of the GSA's vessel standard Technical Advisory Board.

“We applaud the good work which Seafish has led in developing the RFS scheme and look to see this program increasingly adopted in the UK, while using the program to inform vessel standards development around the world," concluded Wally Stevens, Executive Director of GAA.

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