IFFO RS Training & Events
We believe that a credible standard should have great accessibility to all interested parties. We work hard to make this possible by holding a range of workshops around the world to actively obtain input from local stakeholders and raise IFFO RS Standard awareness.
We have held a range of workshops around the world such as Vietnam, Thailand and Ecuador to actively obtain input from local stakeholders. Furthermore, we are also promoting work in India with some interested parties from other parts such as Africa have also shown interest. These workshops included businesses and governmental representatives as well as fishermen who could be categorised as underrepresented or disadvantaged.
The US Government agency in charge of fisheries (NOAA) and IFFO RS agreed the need to raise the profile of the 2014 APFIC/FAO Tropical Trawl Guidelines via workshops. The Workshops carried out in Vietnam and Thailand were a joint venture between IFFO RS, US NOAA, Fish Matter (an Australia based fisheries consultancy), the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, local collaboration from fisher groups and processing companies as well as scientists from Thailand and Vietnam.
Both workshops were highly successful and proved useful to all those involved, therefore the number and range of workshops available is increasing continuously, especially in countries where businesses, governmental representatives and fishermen who are underrepresented or disadvantaged (e.g. India + Africa). To find out more detail about the work involved and the outcomes of the workshops, please visit the link below to download the reports.
IFFO RS Version 2.0 Development Workshops
In order to communicate the development of the new version of the IFFO RS Standard, to involve stakeholders and interested parties in the developmental process and to gain feedback regarding the relevance and practicalities of the proposed new parts of the standard, IFFO RS Ltd hold 3 workshops in three different countries during 2016.
The first workshop was held in Lima, Peru on 15th June 2016 - Here we presented the findings from an audit trial done in the same region. There were questions regarding how relevant some clauses were with regards to the region and how some of these can be applied globally. The agenda and presentation for this workshop can be found here.
The second workshop was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 6th October 2016 - Here we presented the findings of the first 30 day public consultation regarding the newly proposed fishery assessment methodology. In addition we presented some updated clauses from the factory criteria in which we applied some of the comments obtained from the Lima workshop in order to get feedback on how will those recommendations will apply for European marine ingredient producers. The agenda and presentation can be found here (Agenda / Presentation) and the minutes of the workshop here.
The third workshop was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 24th October 2016 - Here we presented the findings from the first 30 day public consultation together with the newly proposed clauses adapted from the second IFFO RS audit trial done in the UK. In addition, the social criteria at the factory level were discussed. There was a clear concern about a lack of social accountability at the fishery level and it was agreed that some practical and fundamental social aspects combined with a risk based assessment at the fishery level will be addressed. The agenda and presentation can be found here (Agenda / Presentation)and the minutes of the workshop here.
Standards Meeting for the Marine Ingredients Supply Chain
During the 2017 IFFO Annual Conference in Washington D.C., IFFO RS held its first Seafood Side Conference – The main aim of this meeting was to demonstrate the importance of collaboration between the Standards within the marine ingredients supply chain. This meeting provided a platform for the Standards, with representatives from the ASC, MSC, BAP as well as IFFO RS presenting an overview of their Standard, how they fit in with the other Standards and potential areas where collaboration is possible. The minutes from this meeting can be found here.