On July 12, 2016, the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) Steering Board announced its recognition of the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program.
GSSI’s recognition shows that the Alaska RFM Program meets the FAO Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries.
GSSI’s recognition shows that the Alaska RFM Program is in alignment with all 143 applicable Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool.
The Tool consists of performance areas related to scheme governance, operational management, and applied wild-capture fisheries audit standards.
Alaska RFM is the first certification scheme to be benchmarked against GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool and to achieve recognition demonstrating alignment.
This recognition follows a rigorous benchmark process over the last seven months, which included a 30-day public consultation, before approval by the GSSI Steering Board.
sources: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative