Is Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested a certification program?
Why is a product listed on another group’s red list, but verified by GMRI's program?
There are many possible reasons for discrepancies between different programs recommendations.
- Scale: Some programs assess whole species at a time, whereas the Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested program takes a more intimate look at specific stocks. This allows us to differentiate Georges Bank haddock, for example, from Atlantic haddock as a whole.
- Different standards: Standards vary from one program to another. Some criteria are designed to be stringent in order to recognize only the top fisheries, while others outline fundamental criteria that all fisheries should meet. GMRI developed this program to recognize fisheries that meet important requirements around responsible harvest, along with industry members who commit to constantly improving on the sustainability of the seafood industry.
- Outdated information: Fish stocks and management strategies change all the time. Yet, seafood recommendations, particularly those that are printed don't always reflect the latest information. Because of our regional focus, you can count on our assessments remaining up to date and accurate.