FISH Standard for Crew Completes Public Consultation

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.  

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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.

FISH Standard for Crew Appoints Executive Director

Mike Kraft brings strong operational experience in seafood to the new organization

San Diego, CA— January 22, 2021—FISH Standard for Crew Inc., a voluntary, independent certification program for labour practices on fishing vessels, announces Mike Kraft as its Executive Director. Kraft has been the Vice President of Global Sustainability and Social Responsibility at Bumble Bee Seafoods for over eleven years and brings deep knowledge and experience with social standards to the table.

“As a United States Marine Corps officer for over a decade, who also happens to have an MBA, Mike brings outstanding leadership and business acumen to our organization,” said Fridrik Fridriksson, chair of the FISH Standard’s Board of Directors and Chief Human Resources Officer at Brim. “Importantly, he also brings extensive knowledge of the wild-capture fisheries community and hands-on experience with vessel social audits.”

Over the past decade Kraft has effectively engaged harvesters, retail customers, auditors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and government agencies on a breadth of sustainability and social responsibility issues. He has led initiatives in the areas of seafood traceability, Fishery Improvement Projects, and MSC certification. Kraft has also been involved in collaborative pre-competitive organizations, including the Seafood Task Force.

“I am truly thrilled to be taking on the Executive Director role at FISH and look forward to using my experience to advance the important, and outstanding, work the FISH Board and Standards Oversight Committee have begun,” said Kraft.

As Executive Director, Kraft will work closely with the FISH Standard’s leadership which includes an eleven-person Board of Directors and eight-person Standards Oversight Committee.

“The expectations for responsible treatment of all workers within seafood supply chains, particularly the fishers, are higher than ever from retailers and food service operators, governments, NGOs and consumers,” said Kraft. “FISH will help harvesters assure stakeholders that the seafood they’re sourcing comes from a responsible partner with respect to crew treatment.”

FISH recently announced its Standard is open for public comment through 8 March 2021. FISH welcomes feedback from any interested parties. The full text of the FISH Standard and comment template can be found here.

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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.

New Labour Certification Standard Seeks Public Input

FISH Standard for Crew asks for review and comment of its criteria

Washington, D.C.— January 8, 2021— The recently announced FISH Standard for Crew, a voluntary, independent certification program for labour practices on fishing vessels, is seeking public comment from any interested parties on its draft Standard that third-party auditors will use to certify labour practices on fishing vessels. FISH Standard for Crew Inc. is the owner of the FISH Standard and represents a diverse collection of fish harvesting and seafood supply chain experts.  The Board of the FISH Standard for Crew engaged a global group of experts to help develop and refine the draft Standard.  It now seeks public input on the Standard.

“The FISH Standards Oversight Committee developed a robust Standard that is both rigorous and practical,” said Fridrik Fridriksson, chair of the FISH Standard’s Board of Directors and Chief Human Resources Officer at Brim. “Public comments will help ensure we did not miss any essential items.”

The FISH Standard for Crew requests that comments on the Standard be specific and reference clearly identified measures within the text. The nine-person Standards Oversight Committee and eleven-person Board of Directors will review all comments.

“This process is essential to ensuring a robust Standard,” said Fridriksson. “Being inclusive and transparent is an important part of the process to develop an accredited certification program.”   

The comment period will run for 60 days and end 8 March 2021. FISH will not publish attributed comments, but may make public a summary of unattributed responses. 

The full text of the Standard and the comment submission form can be found on the FISH website. Comments made using the template can be emailed to publiccomment@fishstandard.org.

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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.