This document brings together information on the theoretical foundations, institutional aspects, relationship with international instruments including trade law, and current experiences on product certification and ecolabelling applied to fish and fisheries products. The document also includes an extensive list of related Internet sites.
The document has been prepared in order to provide up to-date information on these complex subject matters to FAO members and others interested in them.
The document is a synthesis of the work of a number of authors. They are Dr Cathy Roheim Wessells, Professor, Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, University of Rhode Island; Kevern Cochrane, Senior Fishery Resources Officer, FAO Fisheries Department; Carolyn Deere, Assistant Director, Global Inclusion, The Rockefeller Foundation (formerly Trade and Biodiversity Policy Fellow at the World Conservation Union-IUCN); Paul Wallis, Senior International Advisor, New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries and Rolf Willmann, Senior Fishery Planning Officer, FAO Fisheries Department. The material authored by Deere, and Cochrane & Willmann has been in some parts published elsewhere. Helpful comments on earlier drafts have been received form Angel Gumy, Audun Lem, Purwito Martosubroto and Erhard Ruckes from the FAO Fisheries Department.
All FAO Members and Associated Members
Interested Nations and International Organizations
Directors of Fisheries
FAO Fisheries Department
FAO Fishery Officers in FAO Regional and Sub-Regional Offices
Interested Non-Governmental Organizations