GSSI officially recognizes BIM Certified Quality Aquaculture scheme
The Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Certified Quality Aquaculture scheme has become the latest certification scheme to be recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Alliance (GSSI).
BIM’s “Farm Standard” from November 2019 was found to meet all essential components of GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool, according to a press release from GSSI. The formal recognition of the scheme makes it the eighth total recognized by GSSI, and the fourth aquaculture-based scheme.
“This recognition shows that the BIM Certified Quality Aquaculture (CQA) scheme and their Farm Standard is in line with the FAO’s guidelines for aquaculture certification,” Herman Wisse, managing director for GSSI, said. “With four fisheries and four aquaculture schemes now recognized by GSSI, the GSSI Benchmark Tool is truly providing global alignment in seafood certification.”
The recognition also makes BIM’s CQA scheme the first government-run certification to earn GSSI approval. Established by Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, the certification is intended to increase value creation in the Irish seafood sector.
The scheme was officially recognized on 4 February, 2019.
“Today marks an important step for Ireland’s seafood sector and for the Irish aquaculture industry. The endorsement of our Certified Quality Aquaculture (CQA) scheme by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative, makes it one of four global aquaculture schemes that has achieved this standard for sustainable seafood,” Jim O’Toole, CEO of GIM, said. “Global standards are vital to help customers worldwide identify sustainable seafood to ensure transparency and to help raise standards. We are increasingly operating in a global marketplace. GSSI recognition strengthens Ireland’s reputation as a leading producer of sustainable seafood.”