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Global Benchmark Tool for Sustainable Certification Goes Live

09 October 2015

GLOBAL - The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has launched its Global Benchmark Tool for seafood certification schemes at the 20th anniversary celebrations of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries in Vigo, Spain.

GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool is the first collective and non-competitive approach, which provides clarity on seafood certification worldwide.

This milestone has now been achieved thanks to the strong support and commitment of partner companies, NGOs, experts, governmental organizations and FAO.

GSSI will publicly recognise seafood certification schemes that meet GSSI Components grounded in the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the FAO Guidelines for seafood certification and ecolabelling.

GSSI’s Tool also outlines the status of existing practices in seafood certification. This will help to make purchasing decisions more efficient by offering greater choice and driving down costs, while promoting environmental sustainability.

GSSI Partners have contributed expertise and resources to develop a robust and rigorous Tool, which is about ensuring that consumers can be confident in the certified seafood on offer. They are committed to including the outcomes of the GSSI Benchmark Tool in daily operations, and look forward to the first seafood certification schemes signing up to be benchmarked.

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