Global Seafood Assurances (GSA)

Global Aquaculture Allianc
The primary goal of GSA is to create a comprehensive group of certification schemes that address existing gaps in the seafood certifications universe.

From labour standards on-board fishing vessels to food safety in processing plants, the Global Aquaculture Association’s new Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) standard is seeking to create an all-encompassing group of certifications addressing every major aspect of sustainability in the seafood industry.

GSA, through its affiliation with GAA, already has a robust assurance program for aquaculture farming and processing in the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program. Over 2019, the organization has worked to expand that model into capture fisheries processing.

On 11 June 2020 GSA rolled out the second version of the Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS). The new Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard covers the safety and legality of vessel operations, as well as social and labour issues.

GSA is also working on initiatives concerning animal welfare and mitigating climate change, as well as a leadership program called SOLI that that will focus on environmental issues, particularly climate change. It is also looking into worker voice.

Significance for seafood businesses: 

A seafood-specific initiative. Sourcing seafood that is accredited to a standard that has a social component provides reassurance that the seafood you are purchasing has been independently verified concerning social issues.

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