GSSI recognizes the Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL) V2 Scheme for Aquaculture and Fisheries

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The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has provided formal recognition of the  Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL) V2 scheme for the scope of Aquaculture and Fisheries.  
GSSI’s recognition shows that their  Aquaculture Management Standard (Version 1.0, 2018) and Fisheries Management Standard (Version 2.0, 2018) are in alignment with all applicable Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool (version 1.0, 8 October 2015). 

The Tool is underpinned by the FAO Ecolabelling Guidelines and the FAO Technical Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification. It consists of performance areas related to scheme governance, operational management (including chain of custody) and applied aquaculture farm and wild-capture fisheries audit standards.

The Marine Eco-Label Japan scheme  is the  ninth  seafood certification scheme to be benchmarked against GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool  and to achieve recognition. Products certified by the recognized standards can be identified by a special logo including the V2 mark.

This  recognition demonstrates how the Global Benchmark Tool supports schemes and promotes improvement, and will continue to do so through our Monitoring of Continued Alignment (MOCA) process which will review the scheme within a year,”  said Herman Wisse, Managing Director, GSSI.

Today marks an important step for Japan’s seafood sector and for the Japanese aquaculture and fisheries industry. Since February 2017, the MEL Council, in collaboration with Japanese stakeholders, has continuously improved our scheme governance and operational management to harmonize Japan’s rich diversity of nature, culture and fishing industries with the FAO guidelines as outlined in the GSSI Benchmark Tool,” said Naoya Kakizoe, President, Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL) Council.

View the GSSI Benchmark Report for MEL-Japan

Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL) 

Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL) was launched as a project operated by the Japan Fisheries Association in 2007. In December 2016, the MEL Council was newly established and became the scheme owner in response to the growing public interest in marine eco-labeling within and outside Japan. Visit their website for more information. 

GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool

GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool provides formal recognition of seafood certification schemes that successfully complete a rigorous and transparent benchmark process, which is underpinned by the FAO Guidelines. The Tool’s 7-step Benchmark Process is voluntary and designed to be independent, impartial and transparent. The expert-led process involves objective assessments made against performance areas covering scheme governance, operational management (including chain of custody) and standards for aquaculture and fisheries certification. Once a scheme has gone through the Benchmark Process and is found in alignment with the 186 Essential Components, it is publicly recognized by GSSI and the Benchmark Report is made available on our website.