IFFO RS has launched the new Improver Program (IP) Application Mechanism.
IFFO RS has adapted the IP Application Mechanism to bring the Improver Program in line with current internationally recognized 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 organization 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.”
According to Michiel Fransen from the ASC, “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 added, “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 behavior for a sustainable future.”
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