The Fisheries Council of Canada has announced that it will develop and pilot a Canadian Eco-Certification system in conjunction with Global Trust Certification.
The announcement by Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux was made at a Seafood Value Chain Round Table meeting that brought together the entire industry as well as government representatives, to discuss ways to make the sector more competitive and increase sales worldwide.
The Eco-Certification system will be part of a traceability initiative to certify fisheries products as responsibly harvested and to track them from harvest to final sale. The system will be based on United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Guidelines, developed by Global Trust for the seafood sector, assuring buyers and consumers that their food can be traced to sustainable fishing operations.
The Government of Canada is partnering with three industry organisations to put in place the building blocks for a fish and seafood traceability system that will enhance the sector’s competitiveness at home and abroad.