IFFO RS Outreach
At IFFO RS, we believe that a credible standard should have great accessibility to all interested parties and we are working hard to make this possible, especially for those in places where achieving the standard can be a great challenge.
In order to do this, we have held a range of workshops around the world. We have done this in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and Ecuador to actively obtain input from local stakeholders. Furthermore, we are also promoting work in India with some interested parties from other parts such as Africa have also shown interest. These workshops included businesses and governmental representatives as well as fishermen who could be categorised as underrepresented or disadvantaged.
The US Government agency in charge of fisheries (NOAA) and IFFO RS agreed the need to raise the profile of the 2014 APFIC/FAO Tropical Trawl Guidelines via workshops. The Workshops carried out in Vietnam and Thailand were a joint venture between IFFO RS, US NOAA, Fish Matter (an Australia based fisheries consultancy), Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and with local collaboration from fisher groups and processing companies as well as scientists from Thailand and Vietnam.
Both workshops were highly successful and proved useful to all those involved. To find out more detail about the work involved and the outcomes of the workshops, please visit the link below to download the reports.
Vietnam Workshop - Click here to view the full report
Thailand Workshop - Click here to view the full report
Under the IFFO RS programme, the highest concentration of compliant material comes from South America, roughly 23% of the world production of Fish Meal and Fish Oil is IFFO RS compliant. However, this does not mean that the IFFO RS programme is either more, or less attainable in this part of the world.
For example, Ecuadorians had long been interested in becoming IFFO RS certified, however have been unable enter the programme as they would simply not meet the standards requirements due to a range of factors, such as scientific evidence and contribution.
In order to ensure that the IFFO RS standard was as accessible as possible, Francisco Aldon (Head of Operations) visited Ecuador to conduct a workshop with the aim of creating awareness of the certification programme as a whole, the standards requirements and how best to meet those requirements with the end goal of becoming IFFO RS certified, which involved discussing the IFFO RS Improvers Programme Acceptance mechanism and FIP (Fishery Improvement Project). A follow up meeting between some Ecuadorian producers is to be held in order to start with the process of registration to the IFFO RS IP.
IFFO RS V2.0 Development Workshops
In order to comunicate the development of the new version of the IFFO RS Standard, to involve stakeholders and interested parties in the developmental process and to gain feedback regarding the relevance and practicalities of the proposed new parts of the standard, IFFO RS Ltd hold 3 workshops in three different countries during 2016.
The first workshop was held in Lima, Peru on 15th June 2016 - Here we presented the findings from an audit trial done in the same region. There were questions regarding how relevant some clauses were with regards to the region and how some of these can be applied globally. The agenda and presentation for this workshop can be found here.
The second workshop was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 6th October 2016 - Here we presented the findings of the first 30 day public consultation regarding the newly proposed fishery assessment methodology. In addition we presented some updated clauses from the factory criteria in which we applied some of the comments obtained from the Lima workshop in order to get feedback on how will those recomendations will apply for European marine ingredient producers. The agenda and presentation can be found here and the minutes of the workshop here.
The third workshop was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 24th October 2016 - Here we presented the findings from the first 30 day public consultation together with the newly proposed clauses adapted from the second IFFO RS audit trial done in the UK. In addition, the social criteria at the factory level were discussed. There was a clear concern about a lack of social accountability at the fishery level and it was agreed that some practical and fundamental social aspects combined with a risk based assessment at the fishery level will be addressed. The agenda and presentation can be found here and the minutes of the workshop here.