ALASKA RESPONSIBLE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
BOTTOM-LINE — BUYING SEAFOOD FROM ALASKA RFM CERTIFIED FISHERIES PROVIDES DOCUMENTED THIRD-PARTY ASSURANCE OF RESPONSIBLE SEAFOOD SOURCING PRACTICES.
Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) is a third-party certification program for wild-capture fisheries, similar to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), and Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) on the aquaculture side.
Fisheries are independently assessed and scored against a set of criteria, and must meet these criteria in order to become certified. Certification is valid for five years with annual surveillance audits.
Similar to other wild-capture seafood certification programs, Alaska RFM provides credible standards for sustainable or responsible fishing and supply chain traceability.
Alaska RFM has two certification standards:
Chain of Custody Standard (CoC)
RFM provides Alaska fisheries and seafood customers with a credible and cost-effective choice in seafood certification.
Organizations in the supply chain must undergo a CoC audit to receive their CoC certification, which is valid for three years with annual surveillance audits.
RFM allows companies to demonstrate responsible sourcing to their customers. This is important; as today’s retailers and foodservice operators need to be sure they offer their customers seafood from fisheries that are certified through credible certification programs.
Key attributes of Alaska RFM Certified seafood:
Based on internationally recognized criteria from the United Nation’s FAO
Consumer-facing eco-label –Alaska RFM Certified Seal has zero logo-licensing fees!
RFM Certified Seal allows companies to highlight certified sustainable seafood and preserve the Alaska Origin
Third-party accredited program provides impartiality
Sound governance structure
Chain of Custody certification provides traceability through the supply chain back to its origin
Transparent and collaborative assessment process
Recognized by credible organizations – 1st to be recognized by GSSI
The At-sea Processors Association is one of three fishery client groups for the certification of Alaska pollock under the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Program (RFM). The Alaska RFM fisheries standard focuses on six key principles of evaluation including:
1.) the fisheries management system,
2.) science and stock assessment activities
3.) the precautionary approach
4.) management measures
5.) implementation, monitoring and control
6.) serious impacts of the fishery on the ecosystem
The Alaska pollock fishery was first certified in 2011, with successful re-certification occurring in 2017. The current third party fishery certification body responsible for the Alaska pollock assessment is DNV GL. For further details on the RFM program and to view recent certification documents and certificates for the Alaska pollock fishery, CLICK HERE.