Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL) V2


On 12 December 2019 The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has provided formal recognition of the Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL) V2 scheme for the scope of Aquaculture and Fisheries.

GSSI’s recognition shows that their  Aquaculture Management Standard (Version 1.0, 2018) and Fisheries Management Standard (Version 2.0, 2018) are in alignment with all applicable Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool (version 1.0, 8 October 2015). Products certified by these standards can be recognized by a special logo including the V2 mark.

The Tool is underpinned by the FAO Ecolabelling Guidelines and the FAO Technical Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification. It consists of performance areas related to scheme governance, operational management (including chain of custody) and applied aquaculture farm and wild-capture fisheries audit standards.

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

Scheme Owner

Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL)

Date of Recognition

12 December 2019
Read the news release

Scope of Recognition

Aquaculture Certification
(Aquaculture Management Standard Version 1.0, 2018)

Fisheries Certification
(Fisheries Management Standard Version 2.0, 2018)

Steering Board Liaison

Judy Panayos, Senior Director Sustainability Supply Managament, Sodexo

Independent Experts
  • Aimee Russillo, Independent Consultant, Liseed Consulting
  • John Hargreaves, Independent Consultant, Aquaculture Assessments LLC
  • Joseph DeAlteris , President, DeAlteris Associates Inc
Benchmark Committee Members
  • Steve Minor, Managing Partner, Ocean2Table Alaska, LLC
  • Josie Foster, Director, J Foster Consulting LTD
  • Nigel Peacock, Director, Napfisheries & Aquatic Environment
  • James Baros, Director of Sustainability for Sunnyvale Seafood
  • Trevor Ward PhD, Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity Consultant
  • Dr. Paul Tuda, Fisheries Scientist 


Operational Management

(including chain of custody)

Aquaculture Certification Standard

Fisheries Certification Standard