Alaska Pollock Fleets of At-Sea Processors Association Achieve FISH Standard for Crew Certification

Award is First for FISH in North America

San Diego, CA— August 25, 2022— FISH Standard for Crew Inc. is pleased to announce that fourteen catcher-processor vessels of the At-Sea Processors Association (APA) have been awarded FISH certification. The fleet is comprised of American flagged vessels operating in U.S.waters in the Alaska pollock and Pacific whiting fisheries. The APA vessels are owned by its member companies, American SeafoodsArctic StormCoastal VillagesGlacier Fish, and Trident Seafoods. MRAG Americas auditors awarded the certification after extensive policy and procedure review, on-site vessel inspections, and face-to-face interviews of crew members.

“We are very proud to be among the first to attain FISH certification, a recognition that affirms our companies’ long-standing commitments to safety and responsible treatment of our crews,” said Stephanie Madsen, APA’s Executive Director. “The FISH certification process was challenging, yet practical and fair, and pushed our fleet to improve on our already high standards.”

“Congratulations to APA and its fleet. FISH serves as one tool harvesters like APA can use to demonstrate to its customers and to stakeholders that their seafood is harvested from responsible sources with respect to crew treatment, compensation, and on-board conditions,” noted Fridrik Fridriksson, chair of the FISH’s Board of Directors and Chief Human Resources Officer at Brim.

Retailers and food service operators are increasingly committed to providing seafood to their consumers that is not only environmentally sustainable, but socially responsible. The third-party assurance that comes with FISH certification gives confidence to buyers and consumers that the crews who harvest seafood like that from the APA catcher-processor fleet are treated with respect and fairness.

APA joins Nueva Pescannova’s NovaNam fleet in Namibia in successfully attaining FISH certification. FISH is actively working with organizations and fleets in Alaska, Papua New Guinea and Iceland and is in discussions with additional organizations around the world.

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About FISH Standard for Crew

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. The FISH Standard is based on ILO-C188 and related guidance.

About APA

The At-sea Processors Association is a trade association representing five member companies that own 14 U.S.-flag catcher-processor vessels operating in the Bering Sea / Aleutian Islands Alaska pollock fishery. This abundant and well-managed fishery provides product for billions of seafood meals every year, more than any other fishery on Earth.

About MRAG Americas

MRAG Americas is a private consulting and auditing company focused on activities that support the conservation of marine and freshwater ecosystems through responsible, rational and sustainable use of fish and other aquatic resources. They are an accredited Conformity Assessment Body, authorized to carry out FISH Standard for Crew assessments and certifications.

Nueva Pescanova Group Fleet in Namibia Achieves First FISH Standard for Crew Certification

San Diego, CA— July 20, 2022— FISH Standard for Crew Inc. is pleased to announce that NovaNam (Pty) Ltd, a Namibian-based subsidiary of the Nueva Pescanova Group, is the first fleet to achieve FISH certification. NovaNam’s ten vessel Namibian-flagged fleet that harvests hake operates out of Lüderitz and Walvis Bay and includes approximately 300 fishers working on the vessels. Employing auditors trained in the FISH Standard, Bureau Veritas awarded the certification after extensive policy and procedure review along with on-site vessel inspections and in-person crew interviews.


“It is exciting to be able to formally announce the first FISH certification, a well-deserved certification that reflects the hard work of both NovaNam and the certification body Bureau Veritas” said Mike Kraft, FISH Standard for Crew Executive Director. “This audit was originally scheduled for December 2021, but the resurgent pandemic prevented auditor travel and limited access to crews. All parties involved agreed to delay as having auditors on the vessel and face to face to perform crew interviews is critical to the credibility of the process and FISH Standard.”


“Congratulations to Nueva Pescanova and NovaNam. Their commitment to FISH Standard reflects their leadership and the high value they place on the safety and well-being of their workers and the transparency of their operations,” said Fridrik Fridriksson, chair of the FISH Standard’s Board of Directors and Chief Human Resources Officer at Brim. “We believe FISH can serve as one of the tools to help ensure fishers are treated fairly and responsibly and give harvesters like Nueva Pescanova Group a way to demonstrate that commitment to their stakeholders.”


As previously reported, FISH is actively working with organizations and fleets in Alaska, Papua New Guinea and Iceland and is in discussions with additional organizations around the world. With the increasing focus on the responsible treatment of workers and rising expectations from stakeholders that seafood come not only from environmentally, sustainable sources, but socially responsible ones as well, FISH can serve as a tool that organizations use to demonstrate this and be a component of their due diligence process.

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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. The FISH Standard is based on ILO-C188 and related guidance.

The Nueva Pescanova Group is a leading Spanish seafood company, engaged in the fishing, farming, processing and marketing of seafood, both fresh, chilled and frozen. It employs more than 11,000 people and operates in 19 countries on 4 continents, selling its products in more than 80 countries around the world.

Tres flotas pesqueras ponen rumbo a la certificación FISH Standard for Crew 

San Diego, CA- 25 de abril de 2022 — FISH Standard for Crew Inc. se complace en anunciar que NovaNam (Pty) Ltd, filial del Grupo Nueva Pescanova con sede en Namibia, la At-Sea Processors Association (APA), que representa a los buques procesadores de captura de abadejo con bandera de Estados Unidos, y la Fishing Industry Association – Papua New Guinea (FIA-PNG) son las primeras organizaciones en completar las auditorías de FISH Standard. 

“Estoy realmente entusiasmado con la diversidad geográfica, operativa y organizativa de las flotas que se han presentado a las primeras auditorías de FISH”, afirmó Mike Kraft, Director Ejecutivo de FISH Standard for Crew. “En un principio estas auditorías estaban previstas para 2021, pero la evolución de la pandemia impidió los viajes de los auditores y limitó el acceso a las tripulaciones que se encontraban en cuarentena. La presencia de auditores en el buque y la realización de entrevistas en persona a la tripulación es fundamental para la credibilidad del proceso y del FISH Standard”. 

“Estamos convencidos de que FISH puede constituir una de las herramientas que ayuden a garantizar que las tripulaciones de los pesqueros reciban un trato justo y responsable, y de que ofrece a las empresas pesqueras una manera de demostrar ese compromiso a las partes interesadas”, declaró Fridrik Fridriksson, presidente del Consejo de Administración de FISH Standard y Director de Recursos Humanos de Brim. “Se está dando cada vez más importancia al hecho de que los trabajadores reciban un trato responsable y las partes interesadas esperan que los productos del mar no solo tengan un origen sostenible desde el punto de vista medioambiental, sino que además sean socialmente responsables”. 

Las auditorías de FISH incluyen inspecciones in situ de los buques y entrevistas presenciales a la tripulación, así como la revisión de políticas y procedimientos. Las auditorías en Namibia, Seattle y Papúa Nueva Guinea fueron realizadas por auditores de Bureau Veritas, MRAG Americas y SGS. La auditoría de NovaNam incluye nueve arrastreros de aguas profundas y la de APA abarca 14 buques de captura/procesamiento. La FIA-PNG anunció con anterioridad su intención de obtener la certificación FISH para 32 cerqueros. Actualmente se están completando los informes finales y las conclusiones. 

Además, la Iceland Responsible Fisheries Foundation (IRFF) y Phoenix Processor Limited Partnership de Seattle también han iniciado el proceso FISH y realizarán auditorías de terceros en los próximos meses. 

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FISH Standard for Crew ofrece un programa de certificación voluntario, independiente y acreditado por terceras partes para las prácticas laborales en los buques pesqueros dedicados a la captura de pescado salvaje en todo el mundo.