Audubon Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM)

certification program

On 4 October 2018 The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has provided formal recognition of the Audubon Gulf United (G.U.L.F.) for Lasting Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification program, for the scope of Fisheries.

GSSI’s recognition shows that the Audubon G.U.L.F. RFM Certification Standard, v1.2 (July 10, 2018) is in alignment with all applicable Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool (version 1.0, 8 October 2015). The Tool is underpinned by the FAO Technical 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

Audubon Nature Institute

Date of Recognition

October 4, 2018
Read the news release

Scope of Recognition

Fisheries Certification
Audubon G.U.L.F. RFM Certification Standard, v1.2 (July 10, 2018)

Steering Board Liaison

Judy Panayos, Sr Director, Sustainability, Supply Management, Sodexo

Independent Experts
  • Josie Foster, Director, J Foster Consulting LTD
  • Dr. Joseph DeAlteris, President, Dealteris Associates Inc.
Benchmark Committee Members
  • Sally Ananya Surangpimol, Director, The Food School
  • Nigel Peacock, Director, Napfisheries & Aquatic Environment
  • Rebecca Clarkson, consultant, Aquaculture Direct
  • Steve Minor, Managing Partner, Waterfront Associates
Public Consultation

August 7 – September 6
No comments received

Monitoring of Continued Alignment (MOCA)

Date of MOCA Completion: August 10, 2020

The Monitoring of Continued Alignment (MOCA) procedure is a periodic review process where the Scheme provides a full overview of any changes in the Scheme’s ownership, management or the standard itself. This report on the Scheme’s continued implementation is reviewed by Independent Experts, who make a recommendation on continued recognition of the Scheme.

Audubon G.U.L.F.’s MOCA process was completed on the 10th of August 2020 and continued recognition was approved. Read the overview here.

The Independent Experts were:

  • Josie Foster, Director, J Foster Consulting LTD
  • Dr. Joseph DeAlteris, President, Dealteris Associates Inc.

The Benchmark Committee members were:

  • Sally Ananya Surangpimol, Director, The Food School
  • Nigel Peacock, Director, Napfisheries & Aquatic Environment
  • Rebecca Clarkson, consultant, Aquaculture Direct
  • Steve Minor, Managing Partner, Waterfront Associates

Governance

Operational Management

(including chain of custody)

Fisheries Certification Standard