IFFO RS upgrades standard
IFFO Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS) has launched a new version of its standard – IFFO RS Version 2.0, to help support its expansion into new areas.
The certification scheme for fishmeal and fish oil factories will introduce a new fisheries assessment methodology for the multispecies fisheries, a new good manufacturing practice section and updated clauses covering social welfare and pollution management.
IFFO RS Version 2.0 builds on the 1.6 Version and was developed to increase the relevancy of the standard, allow for recognition and to maintain credibility.
The independently managed IFFO RS is a separate company to IFFO - The Marine Ingredients Organisation and companies don’t have to be a member of IFFO to apply for voluntary assessment and certification, however, over 40% of the world’s production of fishmeal and fish oil is IFFO RS certified.
The assessment of multispecies fisheries is one of the more critical changes for the fishing industry, stated IFFO.
It stressed: “None of the main fisheries certification schemes can really tackle this type of fishery, as the usual management techniques applied to single species stocks are hard to apply when several species are caught together at the same time.
“At present these guidelines refer to temperate waters but in the longer term, we hope the work IFFO RS is doing in tropical waters to develop assessment rules will allow more fishmeal and fish oil produced in South East Asia to be certified.”
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