The public feedback period for the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) draft Codes of Conduct and accompanying guidance has finished. We are grateful for the many questions, suggestions and comments received, and have used them to improve all three documents.
Feedback for the codes was generously offered by organisations from across the seafood sector, including producers, environmental campaigners and industry experts. The public feedback process is vital because stakeholders often hold very different views when it comes to tackling seafood sustainability.
Many of the comments overlapped and in some cases asked only for increased clarity or detail. This has cemented our confidence that with revisions to increase clarity, the codes will be a significant step towards our vision that all fish sold in the UK is from sustainable sources.
Following a members’ meeting to discuss the points raised, we have revised the draft codes.
The SSC members would like to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to all those who took the time to give feedback.
The final Sourcing and Labelling Codes will be launched in the very near future.
Author: Chris Pollard Photo credit: Ian Carroll
This blog was updated on 14/12/2016.
The Sustainable Seafood Coalition is releasing its draft Codes of Conduct for a six week public feedback period beginning on Tuesday, 29 April. The SSC is a proactive cross industry group aiming to improve seafood sustainability in the UK. The SSC has written two voluntary Codes of Conduct and a Guidance document, which gives advice on best practice. The draft documents have been agreed by our members and have now been released for a six week feedback period, closing on Tuesday, 10 June. Please return the feedback form to firstname.lastname@example.org with your organisation’s name saved in the title.
The Sourcing Code
The agreement of the Sourcing Code is a huge achievement for the SSC and once implemented will work to benefit the environment, the fishing industry and consumers. This Code aims to improve the standard of fisheries and aquaculture practices through the influence of the SSC members, who account for a large proportion of the seafood supply chain in the UK. The Sourcing Code commits SSC members to follow general good practice and to perform a risk assessment of all fish and seafood they source.
The Labelling Code
The Labelling Code is designed to work in harmony with the Sourcing Code, ensuring that any self-declared claims on fish and seafood products is consistent, clear and meaningful across all SSC members. This will help consumers to make informed choices when purchasing seafood products from SSC members which, in turn, will directly influence the entire seafood sector.
ClientEarth, as secretariat of the SSC, will collate the feedback and present it to SSC members. All feedback will be considered and, if necessary, amendments will be made before the final sign off and implementation by the members. The final agreed Codes will be available to download on this website.