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RFVS Is First Scheme to Achieve SSCI’s At-Sea Operations Benchmark

The Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) has announced that the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS) has completed the SSCI benchmarking process and has achieved SSCI recognition. RFVS Issue 2.1 has become the first standard globally to be successfully benchmarked against the SSCI Benchmarking Requirements for At-Sea Operations Version 1.0. In achieving SSCI Recognition, 

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Public Comment Sought on Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard Issue 2.1

Issue 2.1 of the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS) has been released to the public, initiating a 60-day public comment period that ends December 1, 2022, the Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) announced on Monday, October 3. RFVS is part of GSA’s Best Seafood Practices (BSP) third-party certification program, which was introduced last June and includes 

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Vega Salmon First in Europe to be Certified to BSP

Vega Salmon has achieved Best Seafood Practices (BSP) certification for its processing plant located in Handewitt, Germany, standards-holder the Global Seafood Alliance announced on September 29. Vega’s wild-caught salmon is harvested from a fishery certified to a Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI)-recognized standard (in this case, the Marine Stewardship Council). Earlier this year, Vega Salmon’s 

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Atlantic Capes First Company to Achieve Supply Chain BSP Certification

Atlantic Capes Fisheries, a fully integrated seafood company based in Fall River, MA, has become the first company to achieve Best Seafood Practices (BSP) certification for its entire supply chain. Atlantic Capes Fisheries is a leading scallop and surf clam producer, processing more than 20 percent of U.S. scallop landings. The company owns 25 harvesting 

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SSCI’s At-Sea Operations Benchmark Advances RFVS to Public Comment

The Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) At-Sea Operations Benchmark has advanced the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS) to the public comment phase. By passing to the Public Comment phase, SSCI has determined through a third-party assessment that the RFVS is aligned to the Benchmark and is eligible for recognition. Following this public consultation 

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Vega Salmon’s Processing Plant First in Germany to be Certified to SPS

Vega Salmon’s processing plant has been certified to the Global Seafood Alliance’s Seafood Processing Standard (SPS), the first-ever seafood processing plant in Germany to earn the distinction, the nonprofit organization announced on May 31. Based in Kolding, Denmark, Vega Salmon’s processing plant is located just across the border in Handewitt, Germany, and its Atlantic salmon 

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First Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard-Certified Coldwater Prawn Fishing Vessel Announced

The Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) is pleased to announce that the first coldwater prawn fishing vessel has been certified to the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS). The vessel, Merike, is a 70-meter Estonia-registered trawler that targets coldwater prawns (Pandalus borealis) in the North Atlantic along the eastern Canadian coastline as well as the eastern Barents 

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Philippines-Based RD Fishing, Philbest Tuna Supply Chain First to Achieve Best Seafood Practices Certification

RD Fishing Group has achieved Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS) certification for its 12 tuna fishing vessels in the western and central Pacific Ocean, while the Philippines tuna processing plant operated by Philbest Canning Co. has attained certification to the Seafood Processing Standard (SPS), standards-holder the Global Seafood Alliance announced on Nov. 10. RD Fishing 

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First UK-based Vessel Certified to Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard

GSA is pleased to announce that several vessels in the UK have successfully certified to the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS). These initial United Kingdom-based vessels include 80-meter vessels in Scotland belonging to the Lunar Fishing Company and the Klondyke Fishing Company and single-handed vessels based in Norfolk. This helps to illustrate the inherent flexibility 

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First Vessel to Achieve Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard Announced

GSA has announced that the first vessel to achieve the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS) has been awarded the RFVS certificate by Lloyds Register. The vessel, Antarctic Discovery, belongs to Australian Longline Fishing, operating in a Patagonian and Antarctic Toothfish fishery certified by the Marine Stewardship Certified. The 56m vessel carries a crew of 20-25, 

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New Edition of Seafood Processing Standard Addresses Outsourcing, Food Safety, Environmental Monitoring, Employee Health and Safety

The latest edition of the Seafood Processing Standard (SPS), which incorporates multiple clarifications and updates since the previous edition, has been released, the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program announced on Nov. 16. SPS Issue 5.1 replaces SPS Issue 5.0, which was released in February 2019, and is mandatory for all facilities pursuing certification 

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Steaming Ahead with the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard

In May 2020, following a two-year transparent and inclusive process Global Seafood Alliance, working with the UK Seafish Industry Authority, completed the development of the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard. Completing a standard with due diligence and appropriate governance is an arduous process of research, consultation, and third-party oversight, but when the standard is complete a 

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GSA Officially Takes Ownership of the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard

The Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) is officially taking ownership of the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS) from Seafish on June 10, following a two-year, open and collaborative development process. RFVS, which is the next iteration of Seafish’s Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS), is now publicly available. The Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard is a voluntary, vessel-based certification 

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Ally Dingwall Joins GSA Board

J Sainsbury plc and GSA are delighted to announce that Ally Dingwall, aquaculture and fisheries manager at Sainsbury’s, has joined the GSA board of directors, effective immediately. The vision of GSA, which was launched in April 2018, is to create a single platform for comprehensive, full supply chain seafood assurance — farmed and wild — with compatible, block 

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Seafood Processing Plant Standards Benchmarked Against Latest Version of GFSI

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) seafood processing plant standards have been successfully benchmarked against the latest version of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) food-safety requirements, GFSI announced on Nov. 6. The seafood processing plant standards now align with Version 7.1 of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements. GFSI is continually evolving its benchmarking requirements to reflect the