Large Ports Standard

The standard for large fishing ports has been developed specifically for fishing ports with sales facilities (direct sales or auction).

The standard includes 5 core modules:

  • Food Safety and Structural Integrity
  • Working Environment
  • Care for the Environment
  • Care of the Catch, and
  • Seafood Traceability. 

A large fishing port has to demonstrate compliance with the five modules to achieve certification.

An eligible large port is defined in table below. 

Level 3

Fishing ports that are registered with the local authority have facilities such as a quay to allow fishers to land their catch, have facilities to store the catch and conduct sales directly to the supply chain.

Level 4   

Fishing ports that are registered with the local authority have facilities such as a quay to allow fishers to land their catch, have facilities to store the catch and conduct sales by auction (and direct sales) to the supply chain.

Code of Practice

A Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance on the different areas the standard covers.

The Development of the Standard and Code of Practice

The development of the standard for large ports has been progressed through a formal governance structure comprising an Oversight Board and a Technical Committee. Representatives from the fishing ports sector and wider supply chain have been involved in developing the standard. 

Applying for certification

The scheme for large ports is open for applications from eligible ports, see Applying for certification to Large Ports Standard.

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