Bottom-line — Buying seafood from RFM certified fisheries provides documented third-party assurance of responsible seafood sourcing practices.
On July 1, 2020, the Certified Seafood Collaborative (CSC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation led by a diverse board of seafood and sustainability industry experts, became the owner of the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification program. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute officially handed over ownership after a six-month period of transition following over ten years of dedication to developing the robust and independent certification for the industry. The transfer of RFM to the CSC presents new opportunity for cost savings, increased efficiencies and growth outside of Alaska fisheries. To read more about new ownership click here.
Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) is a third-party certification program for wild-capture fisheries, similar to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), and Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) on the aquaculture side.
Fisheries are independently assessed and scored against a set of criteria, and must meet these criteria in order to become certified. Certification is valid for five years with annual surveillance audits.
Similar to other wild-capture seafood certification programs, RFM provides credible standards for sustainable or responsible fishing and supply chain traceability.
RFM has two certification standards:
- Fisheries Standard
- Chain of Custody Standard (CoC)
RFM provides Alaska fisheries and seafood customers with a credible and cost-effective choice in seafood certification.
Organizations in the supply chain must undergo a CoC audit to receive their CoC certification, which is valid for three years with annual surveillance audits.
RFM allows companies to demonstrate responsible sourcing to their customers. This is important; as today’s retailers and foodservice operators need to be sure they offer their customers seafood from fisheries that are certified through credible certification programs.
Key attributes of Alaska RFM Certified seafood:
- Based on internationally recognized criteria from the United Nation’s FAO
- Consumer-facing eco-label –Alaska RFM Certified logo has zero logo-licensing fees!
- RFM Certified logo allows companies to highlight certified sustainable seafood and preserve the Alaska Origin
- Third-party accredited program provides impartiality
- Sound governance structure
- Stakeholder engagement
- Chain of Custody certification provides traceability through the supply chain back to its origin
- Transparent and collaborative assessment process
- Recognized by credible organizations – 1st to be recognized by GSSI