Friend of the Sea Opens Revision Process for Sustainable Aquaculture Standard and Fish Welfare standards in aquaculture

Starting December 4, stakeholders can contribute knowledge and insights as part of NGO’s continuous alignment process

Friend of the Sea, the preeminent certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, announced today that it is opening the revision process for its Sustainable Aquaculture Standard and Fish Welfare standards. The standards were established to minimise the negative effects of aquaculture operations on the marine environment and take in consideration the fish welfare in aquaculture production. As part of Friend of the Sea’s alignment process, the organization periodically revises its standards, seeking input from stakeholders from around the world. Starting today, stakeholders are invited to contribute insights and knowledge for review and discussion by Friend of the Sea.

“To achieve sustainability in aquaculture, we need to hear from everyone who has something useful to add,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “Our revision process begins with an open-ended submission period, where we welcome ideas and documents from all relevant stakeholders.” 

Friend of Sea then follows a four-step revision process. After receiving input, the organization’s leadership, along with its Technical and Scientific Department and Technical Committee, will aggregate the feedback into a draft of the proposed new standards. This draft is subject to a vote. Once the revision process is finalized, a summary of the process with all comments received will be made publicly available without attribution or any identifier.

Stakeholders should check the ToR of the revision process to see the scope and objectives of this revision process, justification of the need for the standard, guidance on comments and suggestions, timelines and decision-making procedure.

The revision process applies to new “FOS – Aqua Inland-MarineStandard v.4”, “FOS – Audit Guidance for Aqua Inland-Marine Standard” and to all the 24 species-specific brand new Fish Welfare Standards and their related Audit Guidance. Friend of the Sea has made possible to download the documents under revision in PDF files. Stakeholders can input comments on the following documents available in the section “Documents under revision process and ToR” at the following link: Standard Improvement on Sustainable Certification of Products