Public Consultation: Benchmark Report for the G.U.L.F. Sustainable Seafood Program

August 7 - September 6, 2018


On August 7, 2018, GSSI launched a 30-day public consultation on the GSSI Benchmark Report for the G.U.L.F. Sustainable Seafood Program.

G.U.L.F. applied for GSSI recognition of its Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification in January 2018, and has been benchmarked against the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool on:

  • Section A (Governance),
  • Section B (Operational Management),
  • and Section D (Fisheries).

GSSI invites comments on the recommendation of the Benchmark Committee to recognize the G.U.L.F. Sustainable Seafood Program RFM Standard, after the Independent Experts and the Benchmark Committee found the scheme to be in alignment with all the GSSI Essential Components. 

The recommendation and the Benchmark Report are the intermediary result of the Benchmark Process. It included a Desktop Review and Office Visit by our Independent Experts, and a Benchmark Committee Meeting to review the draft Benchmark Report. A GSSI Steering Board Liaison has overseen the process to ensure its neutrality and objectivity.

Following the public consultation, the Benchmark Committee, Independent Experts and ASC will together address all comments received. GSSI's Benchmark Committee will then provide the Steering Board with a final recommendation on recognition. All comments and responses will be made publicly available after the GSSI Steering Board's final decision. For more Information on the Benchmark Process have a look at our factsheet.

To submit your comments

  • Download the G.U.L.F. Benchmark Report (PDF file)
  • Download the Public Comment Form. Please add your name and organization in the header of Column J titled “Public Consultation”. Insert comments on specific Benchmark Results (Conclusions) in the corresponding row.
  • Return the Excel file and any additional comments you may have by September 6 to

Established in 2012, G.U.L.F. is the sustainable seafood program under Audubon Nature Institute. G.U.L.F. works with the seafood supply chain, from harvesters to retailers, fishery management agencies, and consumers to ensure that fisheries in our region thrive for the benefit of future generations. Through education and outreach, restaurant engagement, fishery improvement projects, and third-party assessment and certification, G.U.L.F. pledges to promote sustainable practices, foster a community invested in Gulf fisheries, and create a more stable and confident fishing industry. Visit for more information.

Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Special Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.