Consultation on Review of the Fisheries Standard

Stakeholders are at the heart of our Fisheries Standard Review, helping identify issues, develop solutions and test the possible impacts of any proposed changes.

The focus in 2021 will be to further develop and refine policy options for revisions to our Fisheries Standard

These options will be refined into a draft Standard by the end of 2021. We will use pilot assessments, impact assessments and consultations to make sure proposed changes are feasible and deliver our stated intentions.

For projects requiring technical advice, we will invite specialist stakeholders to take part in targeted consultations. 

We will also hold further public consultations for any projects requiring additional stakeholder input to refine the options proposed. 

Consultation events

Public consultations

Public consultation surveys will be open between 18 May and 17 June for the following projects:

The surveys can be accessed via our website from 18 May 2021. 

Following advice from our governance bodies in March 2021, we are continuing to develop options for revisions to the Standard for:

We will share details of any consultation activities when confirmed. 

To be notified of future developments, including an email whenever a new consultation opens, sign up to our Fisheries Standard Review update.

Technical consultation

Targeted consultations will be held for projects that require technical input. Specialist stakeholders will be invited to provide their expertise on:

We will also hold workshops with Conformity Assessment Bodies and assessors as part of our review of the Fisheries Certification Process

Consultations will not be held for the remaining projects. However, we will seek further advice and guidance from our governance bodies, including our Stakeholder Advisory Council, to refine options for these projects. 

Visit our project pages for up-to-date information on each project in the review.

Stakeholders will have an opportunity to review all proposed changes when the draft Standard is released in early 2022. 


    Previous consultation on the Fisheries Standard Review

    We held our first round of public consultations in 2020. This included eleven virtual consultation workshops and four surveys to seek stakeholder input into the projects that are likely to deliver changes to the intent or high impact changes to the Fisheries Standard requirements. 

    Overall, the workshops were attended by 190 stakeholders from a range of sectors and regions. We also received 278 responses from stakeholders who participated in consultation surveys.

    Consultation summary reports

    We will publish consultation summary reports from all public consultations. 

    Our reports contain an overview of the topics discussed at the workshop and descriptive analyses of the participating stakeholder groups. Reports will also contain a transcript of the workshop discussions and feedback from surveys with individual names, organisations and any defamatory or commercially sensitive material redacted.

    The 2020 consultations focused on the following projects and you can view a summary report from each:

    Next steps

    We will use the information and knowledge gained through consultations to refine the options for revisions to our Standard. The proposed revisions will be reviewed by our Governance bodies in late 2021.  

    Following the activities above, the next opportunity to comment on projects will be during the 60-day public consultation on the draft Standard in early 2022. 

    Stakeholders will have an opportunity to review and comment on all proposed changes before any final decision to revise the Standard is made.

    The new Standard will be released later in 2022 subject to approval from our governance bodies.

    To be notified of future activities and developments, sign up to our Fisheries Standard Review update.  

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