Certified Seafood Collaborative’s Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM)

certification program

On 30 June 2023 the Certified Seafood Collaborative’s Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program became the first certification scheme to receive GSSI Recognition under version 2.0 of the Global Benchmark Tool.

GSSI’s recognition shows that the Certified Seafood Collaborative’s RFM Program, with Fisheries Management Standard Version 2.1, effective 1 October 2020, is in alignment with all 142 applicable Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool (version 2.0, 20 October 2021). 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.

Responsible Fisheries Management was formerly known as Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management. Since its scope extension to any US fishery the GSSI-recognized Audubon GULF RFM has transitioned to be integrated into the RFM program. The same ecolabel is maintained. 

G.U.L.F. is part of RFM since May 2, 2023.

Scheme Owner

Certified Seafood Collaborative

Date of Recognition
Scope of Recognition

Responsible Fisheries Management Standard version 2.1, effective 1 October 2020

Steering Board Liaison

Flavio Corsin, Director of Partnerships, Aqua-Spark

Independent Experts
  • Aimee Russillo, Liseed Consulting LLC
  • Jose Peiro Crespo, Naunet Fisheries Consultants
Benchmark Committee Members
  • Josanna Busby, Category Manager – Seafood & Sidecase, Food Lion
  • Anil Sasidharan, Independent Consultant
  • Carlos Sonderblohm, Independent Consultant
Public Consultation

11 April – 11 May 2023

No Public Consultation comments were received


Operational Management

(including chain of custody)

Fisheries Certification Standard