G.U.L.F RFM Certification

The Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) programme was adopted at the request of Gulf seafood stakeholders to provide a choice in seafood certifications that demonstrate the responsible practices of Gulf fisheries.

The G.U.L.F. RFM Certification Programme is a responsible fishery management model based on internationally-accepted principles set by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

About the Standard

The Standard is comprised of five sections derived from the FAO documents that measure the effectiveness of:
  • The Fisheries Management System
  • Data Collection, Stock Assessment and Scientific Advice
  • Management Objectives for the Stock
  • The Precautionary Approach
  • Mitigation of Serious Impacts of the Fishery on the Ecosystem

Key Features

  • A voluntary, third-party certification
  • Delivers a claim of “responsible fisheries management for sustainable use” according to FAO principles
  • Measures the effectiveness of fisheries management against biological, ecological, and socio-economic criteria
  • Seeks maximum stakeholder input to assure inclusiveness and credibility
  • By being locally based, provides flexibility for regional needs An accredited certification in conformance with ISO/IEC 17065

What Is It?

The G.U.L.F. RFM Certification Programme is a responsible fishery management model based on internationally-accepted principles set by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

The scope of the certification is limited to fisheries in Gulf states territorial waters and the EEZ of the Gulf of Mexico.
Certification Process

Once a fishery decides to get certified, there are seven steps in the assessment process from application to certification. Certain steps of the process are confidential until the final certification decision, but the notifications of certification, the site visit, and the final report are public and will be publicised on AudubonGULF.org.

After Certification

The fishery enters annual surveillance assessments for continuing certification. The purpose of these audits is to review any changes in the management of the fishery, and ensure no conditions in the fishery have changed with regards to the Certification Standard.  Re-certification occurs after a period of five years with annual surveillance audits taking place within this period.

Chain of Custody

Seafood handlers wishing to supply products bearing a certification claim must complete an application form for Chain of Custody certification and must be able to demonstrate effective traceability and have systems in place to ensure that the certified seafood product is not mixed with non-certified seafood.

Email Us to Find Out More

If you are interested in the G.U.L.F. RFM programme or would like to understand more about the certification process, benefits and costs, please email us.