IFFO RS launches new Improver Programme Application Mechanism

In order to provide clear and useful guidance to those who do not currently meet the IFFO RS certification requirements, and to provide a more robust mechanism for implementing necessary improvements in order to achieve IFFO RS certification in the future, IFFO RS has launched the new Improver Programme (IP) Application Mechanism (click here to view). 

IFFO RS has adapted the IP Application Mechanism to bring the Improver Programme in line with current internationally recognised Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) guidelines. It is hoped that this mechanism will promote the path towards responsible supply of marine ingredients aligned with IFFO RS’ Statement of Change to “improve the global responsibility of the sourcing and production of marine ingredients.”

“FisheryProgress and IFFO RS share a common goal of helping fisheries make demonstrable progress toward more sustainable practices,” said Kristin Sherwood, program director at FishChoice, the organisation that powers FisheryProgress, an online platform that offers verified progress-tracking for global fishery improvement projects. “We are delighted to collaborate with IFFO RS and the fisheries engaged in its improver program to provide a consistent way for these fisheries to track their improvement over time against relevant IFFO RS criteria.”

Michiel Fransen from the ASC says, “Providing means for fisheries to improve their (sustainability) performance is important – not only for the fisheries themselves, but also for the producers and users of fish meal and oil. ASC welcomes the IFFO RS Improver Programme and sees it as an important element to help feed fisheries progress towards responsible practices and management.”

Francisco Aldon, Head of Operations at IFFO RS says, “We are proud to launch a very comprehensive mechanism that will provide the necessary steps to implement a plan of improvement for reduction fisheries as required by the market. In this way we are encouraging responsible behaviour for a sustainable future.”

For more information about the IFFO RS Improver Programme please visit our website where you will also find the revised application forms and all other associated documentation once released. For comments and information please feel free to contact us via our website www.iffors.com/iffo-rs-contact or email secretariat at standards@iffors.com.

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