New tool gives extra MSC assurance

MarinTrust has developed a tool giving assurance that products are MSC-certified Photo: MarinTrust MarinTrust has developed a tool giving assurance that products are MSC-certified Photo: MarinTrust

MarinTrust has developed a new tool to help ensure continuity and traceability within the seafood value chain.

This tool clarifies the requirements for all fishmeal plants claiming to be receiving Marine Stewardship Council certified materials, allowing MarinTrust to give assurance that the fish to be used in a plant certified against the MarinTrust does indeed come from an MSC Unit of Certification.

“These additional layers of assurance ensure better traceability of marine ingredients throughout a very complex value chain,” said MarinTrust chief executive, Francisco Aldon. “MarinTrust already works in good collaboration with other seafood standards but robust procedures need to be put in place to take each standard’s different ways of operating into consideration.”

Verification of whole fish will happen both at the fishery and at the fishmeal plant levels and will be done first by the fishery assessor and then by the site auditor. Two thirds of fishmeal produced come from by-products. For those by-products claiming to be MSC certified, these should be covered by an MSC Chain of Custody certificate and the verification will occur only at the fishmeal plant.

The tool will come into effect on 1 January 2021 for all new MarinTrust applicants. For current certificate holders, a transition period will apply from 1 January 2021 until 30 June 2021.

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