Encouraged by the successful outcome and market recognition of certified Icelandic cod, three more Icelandic fisheries have now made application to the Iceland Responsible Fisheries certification Programme.
This FAO based programme has been developed to allow fisheries demonstrate responsible management at the highest level – in accordance with the UN FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and their supporting Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries.
Now, the collective interests in Icelandic Haddock, Saithe and Golden Redfish have submitted applications to have their fisheries assessed under the Programme.
Applications were received by the independent certification body, Global Trust from the collective of fishery owners; The Federation of Icelandic Fishing Vessel Owners (LÍÚ), The Federation of Icelandic Fish Processing Plants (SF) and The National Association of Small Boat Owners, Iceland (NASBO).
Global Trust has initiated a review in order to validate each application for full assessment purposes.
All fisheries occur within the Icelandic 200 mile EEZ and are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Fisheries for Iceland. Each application is supported by the interests of all Icelandic fishers and processors. If successful, applicants will receive one certificate for each fishery which will be available to all Iceland fishing companies, gears and regions.
Information and up-dates will be made available at www.responsiblefisheries.is as the assessment progresses.
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