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The Certification and Ratings Collaboration members developed three detailed performance frameworks to help us understand the differences and similarities between our standards

Performance Frameworks

When we began working together, we identified two challenges:

  •  Internally, we didn’t have a good understanding of each other’s standards and methodologies, which made it hard to trust each other and collaborate.
  •  Externally, there was confusion in the seafood industry about how our standards differed and why our processes sometimes resulted in different outcomes for the same fishery or aquaculture operation.

To address these challenges, we launched a multi-year project to compare our standards so that we know how each other measure environmental and social performance.

We built three frameworks; an environmental performance framework for wild capture and one for aquaculture, and a framework for social issues that covers both fisheries and farms.

The Framework for Social Performance in the Seafood Sector is available on our website.

A paper on what we learned from developing the Aquaculture Performance Framework entitled The aquaculture sustainability continuum - Defining an environmental performance framework, is published by Environmental and Sustainability Indicators.

For more details on all three frameworks, please watch our video;