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ASMI improves RFM programme

Alaska fishery. (Photo Credit: ASMI)

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 02:10 (GMT + 9)
To continue to provide the highest assurance of responsible fisheries management of Alaska’s fisheries, the Board of Directors of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute(ASMI) voted to enhance the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification programme.

“We’ve built a credible third party certification programme for our industry and customers, and we are evolving the programme. Just as Alaska’s fishery managers and biologists are dedicated to improvements in the fishery management system, we too remain committed to continuous improvement with RFM,” states ASMI Executive Director, Michael Cerne.

Improvement of the RFM Certification programme include key areas of evolution:

Governance – ASMI will provide further well-defined governance and clarity addressing ownership and fishery client ship.

Additionally, ASMI will establish terms of reference and membership for the RFM Conformance Criteria Committee. The further definition and clarity of governance will facilitate the participation of additional Certification Bodies (CBs).

Interested ISO accredited CBs may express interest in participation. Guidance documents will be made available in the future – announcement to follow at a later date.

Further, the ASMI Board directed the Executive Director Michael Cerne to work with Board Chairman Kevin Adams to create a strategic task force composed of the Board, industry and technical experts. The task force will further the acceptance and use of RFM certification by Alaska’s seafood customers and the Alaska seafood industry, as well as consider new client relationships with RFM certifying bodies.

A work plan for each of the improvement areas will be posted to ASMI’s website, where the progress of RFM certification and its evolution can be monitored.

RFM Certification is an independent third party fisheries certification programme with formal ISO accreditation. Currently, eight of Alaska’s major fisheries are RFM Certified – salmon, halibut, black cod, Alaska Pollock, cod, BSAI king and snow crab, and flatfish.

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