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:
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.
TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS
- Download the MEL Japan Public Consultation Report Final (PDF file). Please note that the Benchmark Report is optimally viewed in a Microsoft Edge or Safari browser.
- Download MEL Japan Public Consultation Comments Form. Please add your name and organization in the header of Column K titled “Public Consultation”. Insert comments on specific Benchmark Results (Conclusions) in the corresponding row.
- Return the Excel file and any additional comments you may have by July 30 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT MARINE ECO-LABEL JAPAN (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 http://www.melj.jp/ for more information.
ABOUT THE GSSI BENCHMARKING PROCESS
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: www.ourgssi.org.