Research and Review into Certification Systems

Increasingly, sustainability is driven by consumer-processes particularly in the UK market, these market-based approaches enable consumer choice in seafood purchasing and motivate changes in catching/culturing practices. Numerous certification schemes and recommendation lists exist on the UK market and this can cause confusion amongst stakeholders concerning the effectiveness of schemes and amongst consumers about expectations for each scheme. MRAG has undertaken systematic industry-wide reviews of certification and recommendation systems, their development, and the standards associated with developing these certification schemes for a variety of clients. These assessments have covered pertinent issues including market-coverage for each scheme, cost/benefit analyses, effectiveness and have provided frameworks for continued research into these schemes.

Clients include certification bodies, international consortiums, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, producers and fishing companies, governmental bodies and NGOs. In addition, MRAG has used its industry experience in developing standards for certification schemes and tools to assist in their implementation such as IT programmes

Wealth of understanding of the UK supply chains for popular fish species as a result of projects into supply chain monitoring and as a result MRAG provides relevant policy advice on ethical sourcing, traceability audits, chain of custody assessment, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification and corporate responsibility.

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