ASMI and Global Trust have reported on a positive and encouraging meeting at UN FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Rome, following the announcement of Alaska’s re-prioritization of the FAO based certification model for Alaska Salmon.
Peter Marshall says “We understand from our meeting with the FAO Assistant Director General and his Fishery and Aquaculture Directors that the FAO positively supports the role of governments in their use of the Code of Conduct to assist with Responsible Fisheries Management. We were very happy and confident that the FAO team understood and accepted the reasoning behind the “FAO based” title of our certification model and we reaffirmed our position that the model is correctly and appropriately named as ‘FAO based’ as it is directly derived from the key FAO reference documents that have given leadership in the international fisheries sector.
Marshall continues, “The Certification directly follows recommendations made by the FAO for certification and also for the ISO 65 (EN45011) accreditation credentials which are achieved through Global Trust Certification and their external ISO accreditation body for this certification process.
Randy Rice, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute concludes, “We appreciated the level of attendance at our meetings and the excellent and relevant questions from FAO staff. We were also pleased with their engagement in examining the practicality of the model. The information exchange was positive and we noted no significant issues or lack of clarity or understanding, and we were very pleased with the receptive outlook”