San Diego, CA – FISH Standard for Crew Inc. is pleased to announce that NovaNam (Pty) Ltd, a Namibian subsidiary of Nueva Pescanova Group, the At-Sea Processors Association (APA), representing the pollock fisherman of Alaska US-flagged – processors and the Fishing Industry Association of Papua New Guinea (FIA-PNG) are the first organizations to perform the FISH Standard audits.
“I’m really excited about the geographic, operational and organizational diversity of fleets that showed up for the first FISH audits,” said Mike Kraft, executive director of FISH Standard for Crew. “These audits were originally scheduled for 2021, but the ongoing pandemic has impeded travel for auditors and limited access to quarantined crews. Having auditors on board and conducting face-to-face interviews with the crew are essential to the credibility of the process and the FISH standard.
“We believe that FISH can be one of the tools to ensure that fishers are treated fairly and responsibly, and give fishers a way to demonstrate this commitment to their stakeholders,” said Fridrik Fridriksson, chairman of the board. of directors of FISH Standard and director of human resources. Resource Manager at Brim. “The focus on responsible treatment of workers is only growing, and stakeholders expect seafood to not only be from environmentally sustainable sources, but also from socially responsible sources.”
FISH audits include on-site inspections of vessels and in-person interviews with crew, in addition to reviewing policies and procedures. The audits in Namibia, Seattle and Papua New Guinea were carried out by auditors from Bureau Veritas, MRAG Americas and SGS. The NovaNam review covers nine offshore trawlers and APA represents 15 catching/processing vessels. FIA-PNG previously announced its pursuit of FISH certification for 32 purse seiners. Final reports and results are being finalized.
In addition, the Iceland Responsible Fisheries Foundation (IRFF) and Seattle’s Phoenix Processor Limited Partnership have also initiated the FISH process and will be conducting third-party audits in the coming months.
FISH Standard for Crew provides a voluntary, independent, third-party accredited certification program for work practices on wild fishing vessels worldwide.