FAO Fisheries Department

Private standards and certification in fisheries and aquaculture



Private standards and related certification schemes are becoming significant features of international fish and seafood trade and marketing, emerging in response to food safety, quality and environmental sustainability issues in fisheries and aquaculture. But the proliferation of private standards is causing confusion for many stakeholders. A recent FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper, Private standards and certification in fisheries and aquaculture: Current practice and emerging issues, analyses the two main types of private standards -- ecolabels and food safety and quality standards -- their impact on fish trade and their implications for a range of stakeholders. The result of a 5-year study, the document addresses issues that are driving the development of private standards, policy and governance implications,cost implications and looks at the challenges and opportunities for developing countries.