The Benchmarking Process is voluntary and designed to be independent, impartial and transparent. To ensure the process remains so, GSSI recruits independent experts to provide objective assessments against the Benchmark Framework. The schemes are assessed by an Independent Expert (includes an on-site visit), and reviewed by a Benchmark Committee, on 186 Essential Components and 137 Supplementary components across four performance areas.
An Independent Expert has, as a minimum, a university degree in a scientific discipline and have a minimum of 10 years full-time experience in quality management in aquaculture, fisheries or a related marine science. They will have specialized in areas such as quality assurance, quality management, production and manufacturing, retailing, inspection, auditing or enforcement.
Please visit our careers page to learn more about becoming an Independent Expert.
Prof. Dr. Joseph DeAlteris
President, DeAlteris Associates Inc
Director, J Foster Consulting LTD
Dr. John Hargreaves
Independent Consultant, Aquaculture Assessments LLC
Dr. Francis Murray
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
Director, Napfisheries & Aquatic Environment
Independent Consultant, Liseed Consulting
Dr. Kevin Stokes
Director, Stokes.Net.NZ LTD
Sally Ananya Surangpimol
Director, The Food School
Dr. Trevor Ward
Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney
Safe Quality Seafood Associates (SQSA), LLC
Ogston-Gray Food Consulting
Independent applied fisheries economist