HAARLEM, The Netherlands, 16 October 2018 – The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has provided formal recognition of the Audubon Gulf United (G.U.L.F.) for Lasting Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification program, for the scope of Fisheries. GSSI’s recognition shows that the Audubon G.U.L.F. RFM Certification Standard, v1.2 (July 10, 2018) is in alignment with all applicable Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool (version 1.0, 8 October 2015). The Tool is underpinned by the FAO Technical Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries and consists of performance areas related to scheme governance, operational management (including chain of custody) and applied wild-capture fisheries audit standards.
The Audubon G.U.L.F. RFM Certification Program is the seventh seafood certification scheme to be benchmarked against GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool and to achieve recognition.
“This recognition shows that Audubon’s G.U.L.F. RFM Certification program is in line with the FAO’s guidelines for fisheries certification and is another step forward for GSSI in creating global alignment in seafood certification. The recognition of the G.U.L.F. certification program is testament to how the Global Benchmark Tool supports schemes and promotes improvement, as the G.U.L.F. program initially engaged with GSSI through our pre-assessment program in August 2017.” said Herman Wisse, Managing Director, GSSI
“We have worked diligently over the past six years to develop a credible fisheries standard. Achieving GSSI is the culmination of that effort, and we could not be more excited. This result is a testament to the hard work of our team here at Audubon, both past and present, who contributed to the development of the G.U.L.F. RFM Certification and helped navigate through the GSSI process. I also want to thank our committees for all the hours they contributed to help us accomplish this goal. With this recognition, we look forward to elevating the sustainability of our region’s seafood both on the water and in the marketplace.” said John Fallon, Director of Sustainability and Coastal Conservation, Audubon Nature Institute.
Established in 2012, G.U.L.F. is the sustainable seafood program under Audubon Nature Institute. G.U.L.F. works with the seafood supply chain, from harvesters to retailers, fishery management agencies, and consumers to ensure that fisheries in our region thrive for the benefit of future generations. Through education and outreach, restaurant engagement, fishery improvement projects, and third-party assessment and certification, G.U.L.F. pledges to promote sustainable practices, foster a community invested in Gulf fisheries, and create a more stable and confident fishing industry. For more information, visit audubongulf.org
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Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Special Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.
The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) is a global, Public-Private Partnership of more than 80 seafood companies (covering the entire supply chain), NGOs, and governmental and intergovernmental organisations, including the UNFAO, working towards more sustainable seafood for everyone. GSSI’s mission is to ensure confidence in the supply and promotion of certified seafood, as well as, to promote improvement in seafood certification schemes. For more information, visit www.ourgssi.or