Benchmark Report for the Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL) scheme 

July 1 – July 30 2019

On 1 July 2019, GSSI launched a 30-day public consultation on the GSSI Benchmark Report for the Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL) scheme. Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL) Council, applied for GSSI in recognition of its MEL scheme in September 2018 and has been benchmarked against the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool on:


Operational Management

Aquaculture Certification Standard

Fisheries Certification Standard

The Independent Experts and the Benchmark Committee found the scheme to be in alignment with all the GSSI Essential Components. GSSI now invites comments from all stakeholders on the recommendation of the Benchmark Committee to recognize the Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL) scheme for their Aquaculture Management Standard (Version 1.0, 2018) and Fisheries Management Standard (Version 2.0, 2018).

Following the public consultation, the Benchmark Committee, Independent Experts and MEL will process the feedback received. GSSI’s Benchmark Committee will then provide the GSSI Steering Board with a final recommendation on recognition. The Public Consultation feedback will be made publicly available after the GSSI Steering Board’s decision. Click here more information on the Benchmark Process. 



About MEL


Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL) was launched as a project operated by the Japan Fisheries Association in 2007. In December 2016, the MEL Council was established and became the scheme owner in response to the growing public interest in marine eco-labeling within and outside Japan. Visit for more information.


GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool provides formal recognition of seafood certification schemes that successfully complete a rigorous and transparent benchmark process, underpinned by the FAO Guidelines. The Tool’s 7-step Benchmark Process is voluntary and designed to be independent, impartial and transparent.

The expert-led process involves objective assessments made against performance areas covering scheme governance, operational management (including chain of custody) and standards for aquaculture and fisheries certification. Once a scheme has gone through the Benchmark Process and is found in alignment with the 186 Essential Components, it will be publicly recognized by GSSI and the Benchmark Report will be made available on the GSSI website: