In 2015, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) Board of Directors adopted improvements to the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program. AFDF has entered into an MOU with ASMI to serve as the Client for the certification of both the Pacific cod and Alaska salmon fisheries.
As a re-cap, ASMI has been administering and acting as the Client for Alaska’s alternative to MSC certification, called the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Program. In 2015, ASMI took full ownership of the Alaska RFM Program in order to increase transparency and improve the program for greater market acceptance.
Maintaining choice in sustainability certifications is critical. The Alaska RFM Program will be benchmarked against the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) tool in 2016. The GSSI’s benchmark tool is designed to reduce confusion in the marketplace by defining credibility for seafood certification programs. The GSSI benchmarking should further facilitate global acceptance of RFM. For more about the Alaska RFM Program, visit: http://certification.alaskaseafood.org/certification .
Part of the evolution of the Alaska RFM Program required identifying a Client for each fishery. This change improves the governance structure of the Alaska RFM Program by providing separation between the owner of the RFM standard (ASMI) and the Client for each fishery. For more information about the evolution of the Alaska RFM Program, click here.
In 2015, AFDF became the Client for Alaska salmon and cod. As the Client, AFDF is responsible for managing and completing the fishery certifications (once every five years), annual surveillance audits, and any non-conformances which are placed on the certification of the fishery. For a list of RFM certified fisheries and Clients for each fishery, click here.