Major Retailer Lauded for Demanding Credible Fishery Certification
July 2013

(Washington, DC) — The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) congratulates Walmart on its recent decision to limit purchases of Alaska salmon to that portion of the fishery that is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. Walmart says that it does not consider other certification systems, including the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification used by some Alaska suppliers, to be consistent with the MSC. ELI agrees.

Ecolabelling Guidelines Misused as Certification Standards
July 2012

(Washington, DC) — The Environmental Law Institute today released a study clarifying that international fisheries and aquaculture ecolabelling codes of conduct and guidelines cannot be used as seafood certification standards. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) maintains a Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries Management designed to assist governments in creating fisheries management policy, as well as institutional and substantive guidelines that provide a framework for the proper structure and operation of seafood ecolabelling and certification systems.