The GSSI Global Benchmark Tool for seafood certification schemes was officially launched on 8 October 2015 at the 20th anniversary celebrations of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) in Vigo. It represents the first collective and non-competitive approach, which provides clarity on seafood certification worldwide.
GSSI will publicly recognize seafood certification schemes that meet GSSI Components grounded in the CCRF and the FAO Guidelines for seafood certification and ecolabelling. GSSI Partners are "committed to source certified seafood from GSSI recognised certification schemes in the future, and encourage all certification schemes to apply for benchmarking." (Jürgen Matern, VP of Corporate Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Metro Group).