Certification, Fisheries Improvement Projects
and responsible sourcing
Work Package 1: Develop standard revision options with the following outcome in mind: The Executive proposes to explore options for how to make the consideration of ghost gear impacts explicit in fishery assessments, and to develop new requirements aimed at promoting the implementation of gear loss avoidance strategies and mitigation actions in certified fisheries. Further consultation is proposed to examine the possible scope of new requirements and the extent to which MSC certified fisheries are already aligned with best practice before options for revision are developed
Work Package 2: Help design and carry out consultation. Some key aims of this include: Stakeholders are informed of the intention to develop revision options aimed at promoting the implementation of gear loss avoidance strategies and mitigation actions in certified fisheries. Stakeholders inform the design/scope of revision options (e.g. what is good vs best practice?). Stakeholders help inform impact assessment associated with options. Increase stakeholder understanding of Requirements within Standard with focus on Ghost Gear.
Timeline: Consultation Event (s) planned for June and July 2020.
Work Package 3: Carry out Impact Assessment of revision options – key metrics are being finalised by MSC Executive but will include fisheries retention (impact of certified fisheries making the changes) and accessibility (assessing proposals implications on fisheries ability to access MSC certification)
Timeline: Initial/high level appraisal (key risks highlighted) completed in advance of WP 1. More complete IA to be completed by March 2021
Work Package 4: Carry out “Auditability Test” of preferred option (s) – an appraisal of how “auditable”/feasible the changes are from perspective of auditor.
Timeline: Preliminary test/appraisal carried out in advance of completion of WP 1; finalisation this testing by March 2021.
Work Package 5: Drafting Requirements and Guidance – translation of preferred option into normative Requirement(s) and supporting Guidance
Timeline: March 2021
Work Package 6: Prepare synthesis of research findings detailing the contribution of ALDFG to “marine plastics”