Following a sixty day public consultation period, the FISH Standard for Crew releases Standard and Auditor Guidance
San Diego, CA— May 3, 2021—FISH Standard for Crew Inc., a voluntary, independent certification program for labour practices on fishing vessels, has released version 1.0 of FISH Standard for Crew and Auditor Guidance Manual. The release follows a sixty day public consultation period that ran in January and February, 2021.
“We are excited to publish the finalized and approved FISH Standard and Auditor Guidance Manual and move one step closer to getting the FISH Standard into action,” said Fridrik Fridriksson, chair of the FISH Standard’s Board of Directors and Chief Human Resources Officer at Brim. “The public consultation process is critical to ensuring we move forward with a robust and credible standard.”
During March and April, the FISH Standard Oversight Committee(SOC) reviewed more than 150 comments received on the Standard. Every comment submitted was seriously considered and thoroughly examined by the FISH SOC. Recommended responses and corresponding changes to the Standard and Auditor Guidance Manual were submitted to the FISH Board of Directors for review and were approved on April 14, 2021.
“I cannot thank those who participated enough for taking the time and effort to provide comments on the FISH Standard for Crew. The valuable comments definitely served to improve and strengthen the FISH Standard and the Auditor Guidance Manual.” said Mike Kraft, Executive Director for the FISH Standard for Crew. “The SOC was diligent and comprehensive in its review of comments and recommended changes to FISH documents.”
The release of the Standard and Auditor Guidance clears the way to move towards pilot audits. All the public comments and FISH responses, as well as the versions 1.0 of the FISH Standard for Crew and the Auditor Guidance Manual can be found on the FISH website.
FISH Standard for Crew provides a voluntary, independent and accredited third-party certification program for labour practices on vessels in wild-capture fisheries around the globe.