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.

Three Fishing Fleets Chart Course Towards FISH Standard for Crew Certification

San Diego, CA— April 21, 2022— FISH Standard for Crew Inc. is pleased to announce that NovaNam (Pty) Ltd, a Namibian-based subsidiary of the Nueva Pescanova Group, the At-Sea Processors Association (APA), representing United States flagged Alaskan pollock catcher- processors, and the Fishing Industry Association – Papua New Guinea (FIA-PNG) are the first organizations to complete FISH Standard audits.

“I am truly excited about the geographical, operational and organizational diversity of the fleets that have come forward for the first FISH audits,” said Mike Kraft, FISH Standard for Crew Executive Director. “These audits were originally planned for 2021, but the ongoing pandemic prevented auditor travel and limited access to quarantined crews. Having auditors on the vessel and performing in-person crew interviews is critical to the credibility of the process and FISH Standard.”

“We believe FISH can serve as one of the tools to help ensure fishers are treated fairly and responsibly, and give harvesters a way to demonstrate that commitment to their stakeholders,” said Fridrik Fridriksson, chair of the FISH Standard’s Board of Directors and Chief Human Resources Officer at Brim. “Focus on the responsible treatment of workers is only increasing and stakeholders expect that seafood not only offer environmentally, sustainable sources, but socially responsible ones as well.”

FISH audits include onsite vessel inspections and in-person crew interviews, in addition to policy and procedure review. The audits in Namibia, Seattle, and Papua New Guinea, were performed by Bureau Veritas, MRAG Americas, and SGS auditors. The NovaNam review covers nine deep-sea trawlers and APA’s represents 15 catcher/processor vessels. FIA-PNG previously announced its pursuit of FISH certification for 32 purse seiners. Final reports and results are currently being completed.

Additionally, Iceland Responsible Fisheries Foundation (IRFF) and Phoenix Processor Limited Partnership of Seattle have also initiated the FISH process and will conduct third-party audits in the coming months.

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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 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.