The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has launched a new website this week to provide stakeholders with up-to-date information on its progress.
The GSSI, formed in February 2013, aims to provide a consistent global benchmarking tool to provide transparency between labelling and seafood certification programmes. The GSSI benchmarking framework consists of different criteria and indicators based on the FAO guidelines ‘Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries’ and ‘Technical Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification’
The benchmarking tool is being developed by three expert working groups that cover aquaculture, fisheries, and the procedural, institutional and evaluation processes of seafood certification. The GSSI has partners from different sectors including retailers, seafood processors, foodservice and NGOs. The draft benchmarking tool will be presented at the GSSI annual conference in spring 2014, and from April – May 2014 it will be released for public feedback.
This tool may be useful for members of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) and other seafood businesses by enabling them to compare different certification programmes to help make sourcing decisions. The SSC is also helping to address seafood sustainability through voluntary codes of conduct. Through signing up to these codes on sourcing and labelling, SSC members commit to sourcing all their fish and seafood responsibly, and making clear, consistent and meaningful labels for consumers.
Author: Catherine Wright Image: Nick Karvounis
On 27 January, Maria Damanaki, the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will officially launch a new EU-wide campaign called Inseparable, and the new website is already live. The campaign aims to inform Europeans on how to buy, sell and eat sustainable seafood by providing information on making sustainable seafood choices. The website highlights a key message: that everyone has a role to play in sustainable seafood. It is an important part of many European diets, and it also provides employment opportunities.
For each of these three areas – buying, selling, and eating seafood – there are two key questions addressing why you should choose sustainable fish, and secondly, how to do so. The resources section of the website provides both general and country-level information on tools that can enable EU citizens to make more informed and responsible seafood choices. You will also find background information on the recent Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform and inspirational stories from people and organisations, including from Dr. Paul Connolly, President of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), and the Pisces Responsible Fish Restaurants scheme.
The Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) is a unique group of seafood businesses with a vision that all fish and seafood sold in the UK is from sustainable sources. We are currently developing two voluntary codes of conduct on responsible sourcing and labelling. Through these codes, members commit to sourcing all their fish and seafood responsibly, and making clear, consistent and meaningful labels for consumers. The SSC encourages consumers to diversify the fish they eat and make more sustainable choices.
Author: Catherine Wright Image: Octavio Aburto-Oropeza/Marine Photobank
This blog was updated on 14/12/2016.