FAO Fisheries Report No. 726
Report of the Expert Consultation on the Development of International Guidelines for Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries
Rome, 14-17 October 2003
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Report of the Expert Consultation on the Development of International Guidelines for Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries. Rome, Italy, 14-17 October 2003.
FAO Fisheries Report. No. 726. Rome, FAO. 2003. 36p.
The Expert Consultation on the Development of International Guidelines for Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries was convened by FAO at the request of the twenty-fifth session of the Committee on Fisheries, Rome, 24-28 February 2003.
Drawing upon various sources including relevant guides of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Expert Consultation developed draft international guidelines encompassing principles, minimum substantive requirements, criteria and procedures for ecolabelling of fish and fishery products from marine capture fisheries. The principles refer to, inter alia, consistency with the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, recognition of the sovereign rights of States, compliance with all relevant laws and regulations, the voluntary nature of ecolabelling schemes, transparency, non-discrimination, based on best scientific evidence, truthfulness and accountability, etc.
Minimum substantive requirements and criteria are set forth for assessing whether an ecolabel may be awarded to a fishery. Ecolabelling schemes may apply additional or more stringent requirements and criteria. Minimum substantive requirements are specified for each of three areas: management systems, target stocks and ecosystem considerations. For management systems, more specific criteria are also listed.
The draft guidelines address the three principal procedural and institutional matters that any ecolabelling scheme should encompass: (1) the setting of certification standards, (2) the accreditation of independent certifying bodies, and (3) the certification that a fishery and the product chain of custody are in conformity with the required standard and procedures.
As a general consideration, ecolabelling schemes should take into account that principles, minimum substantive requirements, criteria and procedures will apply equally for developed, transition and developing countries; they should also consider equivalence of standards between countries.
The draft guidelines incorporate aspects relating to the special requirements of developing countries and countries in transition to adopt ecolabelling of fish and fishery products from marine capture fisheries.
PREPARATION OF THIS DOCUMENT
OPENING OF THE MEETING AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SESSION
RECENT TRENDS IN ECOLABELLING AS APPLIED IN THE FISHERIES, FORESTRY AND AGRICULTURAL SECTORS
ASPECTS AND OUTCOMES OF THE WORK RELEVANT TO ECOLABELLING OF, INTER ALIA, WTO, ISO AND CODEX ALIMENTARIUS
DRAFT ELEMENTS OF INTERNATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR THE ECOLABELLING OF FISH AND FISHERY PRODUCTS FROM MARINE CAPTURE FISHERIES
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND COUNTRIES IN TRANSITION TO ADOPT ECOLABELLING OF FISH AND FISHERY PRODUCTS
ADOPTION OF THE REPORT
APPENDIX A: AGENDA
APPENDIX B: LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
APPENDIX C: LIST OF DOCUMENTS
APPENDIX D: OPENING STATEMENT BY MR ICHIRO NOMURA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-GENERAL, FAO FISHERIES DEPARTMENT
APPENDIX E: DRAFT GUIDELINES FOR THE ECOLABELLING OF FISH AND FISHERY PRODUCTS FROM MARINE CAPTURE FISHERIES
ANNEX: EXAMPLES OF GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES OF ECOLABELLING SCHEMES
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