Certification of Sustainable Seafood from Fisheries and Aquaculture
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Friend Of The Sea criteria checklist for products wild-caught by sustainable fisheries - English version

Friend Of The Sea criteria checklist for products farmed in aquaculture - English version

Friend Of The Sea criteria checklist for products farmed in aquaculture - French version

Friend Of The Sea criteria checklist for products farmed in aquaculture - Italian version

Friend Of The Sea criteria checklist for products farmed in aquaculture - Spanish version

SPECIES SPECIFIC CRITERIA

Friend Of The Sea criteria checklist for farmed mussels - English version

Friend Of The Sea criteria are the strictest and compliant with FAO guidelines, in particular Art. 30 which requires certified products to originate from fisheries which DO NOT target overexploited fishing methods.

Friend Of The Sea criteria for certification of products originating from sustainable fisheries (wild-caught) require, among others that:
- Target stock be not overexploited (according to most updated data from FAO, Regional Fishery Bodies and National Marine Authorities);
- Fishing method does not impact the seabed
- Fishing method is selective and therefore it does not exceed the WW average discard level of 8% (FAO, 2005, Update on discards)
- Fishing method does not bycatch endangered
IUCN redlisted species.

Other certification schemes are NOT compliant with FAO guidelines, as they do not respect Art.30 of the guidelines.

Criteria are periodicaly (at least once a year and upon request) reviewed by the independent Technical Committee which is composed of a balanced representation of the different stakeholders (producers, NGOs, Governments, Research Institutes, retailers).

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