About the Certification
Requirements for certification
The main requirements for the certification of a fishery are:
- Adoption and implementation of a structured fisheries management system. The objective is to limit the total annual catch (TAC) from the fish stocks so that catches confirm to levels permitted by the relevant authorities.
- Fish stock shall not be overfished and this shall be verified through scientific research and assessment by international experts.
- Implementation of an effective legal and administrative framework for the fishery, with compliance ensured through effective mechanisms for management,monitoring, surveillance, control and enforcement.
- An assessment of the management measures placed on the applicant fishery will be conducted to ensure that a Precautionary approach in accordance with the FAO Code is adopted.
- Effects of the fishery on the ecosystem are limited by the application of a specified approach.
The certification confirms:
- Responsible fisheries management
- Good treatment of marine resources
The certification process
There is a six stage assessment and certification process on each applicant fishery which follows:
- Application & Applicant Review
- Validation Report
- Assessment Verification/Information Review, Site Visits, Assessment Report against the IRFM standard´s requirements.
- External Peer Review
- Final Assessment Report
- Certification Decision
After certification is confirmed, the fishery enters a programme of annual surveillance assessments to maintain continuing certification, with re-certification required every five years.
Once certification has been confirmed and a Chain of Custody certificate issued the certified applicant can apply for the right to use the Certification Mark and/or statement on packs. This guarantees to both buyers and consumers of Icelandic seafood products that they have originated from responsibly managed fisheries.