Fisheries and Aquaculture Certification


Fish sellers and consumers are increasingly looking for assurances that the food they buy has been sustainably produced. Some private eco-labels and certification schemes have been established to meet consumer demand for information while helping fishers and processors to reassure their markets.

What economic factors inform these private certification schemes? Is a common international standard for sustainability certification possible? And what is the role for governments in labelling and certifying the sustainable production of seafood?

This report looks at the growing trend in information requirements for the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture products. It focuses on the economics underpinning private eco-labelling and certification schemes, and examines the interface between public authorities, business operators and the consumer.

The report recommends that public authorities and private operators in the fisheries and aquaculture sector agree on a definition of sustainable production. A commonly agreed standard can enhance the credibility of a label or certification, provide transparency, and enable consumers to make informed choices when they buy fish products.


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