GSSI to Host Webinars on New Benchmark Tool for Seafood Certification Schemes

9 July 2014, at 1:00am

GLOBAL - Over the past year, the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has been working to develop a common, consistent and global Benchmark Tool for seafood certification schemes. As part of the public consultation progress, GSSI is hosting three webinars to help the industry understand the objectives and structure of the Benchmark Tool.

The first draft of the Benchmark Tool was approved to be released for public consultation and pilot testing by the GSSI Steering Board in June 2014.

The draft Benchmark Tool is a work in progress. It was created by a range of stakeholders, including retailers, food services, manufacturers, harvesters and farmers, non-governmental organizations, academics and intergovernmental organizations. There are still areas where perspectives differ and the stakeholders are still seeking consensus. It is expected that additional input via the consultation process and pilot testing will help resolve some of these issues.

As part of the public consultation process, GSSI will host three webinars. The series will start on Tuesday 15 July 2014, and each webinar will focus on a specific section of the Benchmark Framework.

The webinars are aimed to provide a brief background on the GSSI and provide an opportunity for interested parties to interact directly with representatives of the GSSI Expert Working Groups and discuss the draft GSSI Benchmark Tool.

After participation in the webinar attendees will have a detailed understanding of the objectives and structure of the GSSI Benchmark Tool, helping them to provide efficient and effective comments during the GSSI Public Consultation.


11h00 – What is GSSI and where do we stand today?
11h15 – Introduction and explanation of the GSSI Benchmark Framework
11h45 – Questions and Answers with GSSI representatives

Please contact the GSSI Secretariat for further information

Dates and Sections

Section C Draft Benchmark Framework for Aquaculture
Tuesday 15 July, 11.00am – 12.30pm EST

Section D Draft Benchmark Framework for Fisheries
Wednesday 16 July, 11.00am – 12.30pm EST

Section A and B Draft Benchmark Framework for Scheme Governance and Operational Procedures
Thursday 17 July, 11.00am – 12.30pm EST

All interested parties are invited to join the webinars and can register on the GSSI website.