Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM)

certification program

On 12 July 2016 the GSSI Steering Board announced its recognition of the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program for the scope of Fisheries Certification at the 32nd session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries in Rome, Italy.

GSSI’s recognition shows that the Alaska RFM Program, with Fisheries Management Standard Version 1.3, effective 1 January 2016, is in alignment with all 143 applicable Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool (version 1.0, 8 October 2015). The Tool is grounded in the FAO Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries and consists of performance areas related to scheme governance, operational management (including chain of custody) and applied wild-capture fisheries audit standards.

Have a look at our factsheet to learn more about the benchmark process.

Scheme Owner

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

Date of Recognition

12 July 2016, 
Read the news release

Scope of Recognition

Fisheries Certification
(Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Standard version 1.3, effective 1 January 2016)

Steering Board Liaison

Aldin Hilbrands, Director Aquaculture Program, IDH

Independent Experts
  • Josie Foster, Director, J Foster Consulting LTD
  • Dr. Kevin Stokes, Director, Stokes.Net.NZ LTD
Benchmark Committee Members
  • Aimee Russillo, Independent Consultant, Liseed Consulting
  • Dr. Joseph DeAlteris, President, Dealteris Associates Inc.
  • Mark Boulter, Director, Safe Sustainable Seafood Pty Ltd.
  • Pavel Salz, Director, Framian
Public Consultation

8 March – 5 April 2016


Operational Management

(including chain of custody)

Fisheries Certification Standard