Fisheries and aquaculture certification



As consumers become more conscious of the quality and origin of the food they eat, fish producers and their products are increasingly subject to various forms of standards, labels and certifications.

At the same time, globalisation of the fisheries value chain is creating an increasingly multifaceted trading environment that involves a larger number of interactions, and possibly standards as well. As companies outsource processing activities and source from increasing number of providers and locations, the supply chains become more and more complex, reflecting the need for more sophisticated logistics and traceability schemes.

OECD aims to support policy makers and demystify fisheries and aquaculture certification, through increased transparency and a better understanding of the economics of certification.

Further reading

Fisheries and Aquaculture Certification (October 2011)
Fish sellers and consumers are increasingly looking for assurances that the food they buy has been sustainably produced. What is the role for governments in labelling and certifying the sustainable production of seafood? Is a common international standard for sustainability certification possible?

The report recommends that public authorities and private operators in the fisheries and aquaculture sector agree on a definition of sustainable production. The report focuses on the economics underpinning private eco-labelling and certification schemes, and examines the interface between public authorities, business operators and the consumer.

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