The Iceland Responsible Fisheries (IRF) certification programme indicates Icelandic origin of fish catches in Icelandic waters and responsible fisheries management.
Plans for the certification of Icelandic fisheries were announced by the Fisheries Association of Iceland (FAI) in October 2008. Its preparations are now well advanced and according to plans the certification of the first fish stocks should be completed this year (2010). Certification will be against the requirements of a specification developed by the FAI. The Icelandic Specification has been directly derived from the FAO (2005 / 2009) ‘Guidelines For the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries’.
The Icelandic Specification and Certification methodology will in turn be accredited by a member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) to the international standard for certification EN45011 / ISO 65. Global Trust Certification Ltd, an independent and accredited certification body has been contracted as the Certification Management Body for the Icelandic Responsible Fisheries Certification Programme.
For further information on the IRF certification programme, news on its progress and schedule of activities, please visit their website, www.responsiblefisheries.is