Meeting Minutes

Sustainable Seafood Coalition
Sustainable Seafood Coalition
Sustainable Seafood Coalition

2023

Steering Group

1st March 2023

19th April 2023

26th July 2023

30th August 2023

 

2011-2022

Implementation Support Webinars

31 January 2022

Minutes for the SSC Implementation Support Webinar: Certifications, Ratings & Risk Assessments

Minutes to the SSC’s first ‘Implementation Support Webinar’, in which members learn about certifications, ratings, and risk assessments.

Feed Working Group (FWG) meetings

3 September 2021

SSC Feed Working Group Minutes

Members of the SSC’s Feed Working Group heard presentations from NGOs and seafood ratings organisations. The focus was on the various methodologies for risk-assessing feed ingredients in aquaculture ratings.

20 May 2021

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Feed Working Group minutes

Three presenters from the feed manufacturing sector presented their risk assessment, traceability and responsibility processes. The group discussed its Objectives and opportunities for influence. Members planned the next stage of the FWG’s information gathering objective.

1 March 2021

SSC Feed Working Group minutes

Representatives from four major aquaculture certification programmes presented the feed components of their standards. Members discussed the draft Objectives document and agreed next steps.

19 January 2021

SSC Feed Working Group (FWG) minutes

The group heard a presentation from 3Keel, in order to learn about transparency initiatives in non-marine ingredient supply chains (specifically the Palm Oil and Soy Transparency Coalitions). The group then discussed priority next steps for the FWG. The group agreed that more information from certification scheme holders was needed, and that an overarching objectives document should be drafted.

Steering Group (SG) meetings

22 September 2021

SSC Steering Group Meeting Minutes

The members of the SSC’s Steering Group met to review progress against the the SSC’s Strategic Plan, and agree next steps for its implementation.

18 February 2021

SSC Steering Group meeting minutes

Minutes for the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Steering Group meeting which took place online on 18 February 2021. The purpose of this meeting was to provide feedback on the draft strategic plan for the SSC. This project was requested by members at the all members’ meeting on 10 February 2021.

14 January 2021

SSC Steering Group Minutes

The Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Steering Group (SG) met remotely on 14th January 2021. The group discuss a range of proposals for future agenda items, prioritised a framework for the February all-members’ meeting and decided to establish a strategic plan before agreeing on further action.

9 September 2019

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Steering Group Meeting Minutes

The SSC Steering Group met on 9th September 2019 to discuss four items: Structural changes to the SSC; Public disclosures; Objections mechanism; and Advocacy & SSC Commitments.

Labelling working group meetings

8 May 2013

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of agreed points: In order to make a claim of responsibility for fish that have been risk assessed and come out as high or medium risk, the guidance document should recommend that the following steps be taken (in addition to the AIPCE-CEP principles): Engagement in the Fishery/Aquaculture Improvement Project (FIP/AIP) should be relative to the size of the business; The Member should communicate externally their business’ role and work in engaging with the Fishery/Aquaculture Improvement Project; The member should be transparent about the commitment the business is making, the goal, and how it will be achieved; Member should ensure their business has accurate and up-to-date documentation to prove their engagement; Members should commit to a timeframe for achieving milestones within the FIP/AIP engagement; Members should review progress of the projects regularly; The guidance document should provide use examples and case studies of existing and past FIP/AIPs, along with references to other organisations’ work on FIPs and AIPs.

27 September 2012

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Labelling Working Group meeting minutes

Labelling working group meeting: Summary of agreed points: 1. Agreed & Action: The code will be read over by a member of Seafish for feedback regarding tone and format.2. Agreed: Two options for non-certified route to ‘sustainable’ to be presented to the Members: Option 1: The wording in version 5 of the Code will remain, with amendments: “There may be an opportunity in future to provide an alternative, non-certified route to a claim regarding ‘sustainability’, at least requiring risk assessment and extra evaluation steps. The necessary process is to be determined by the SSC as the need arises”. there will not be a non certified route to use of a ‘sustainable’ claim within the Code itself. To ensure an alternative option can be inserted as and when needed, a point will be inserted into the Terms of Reference in relation to amendments to the Codes.

3 July 2012

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Labelling working group meeting minutes

Labelling working group meeting (afternoon): Summary of agreed points: 1. The SSC will align their definition of ‘sustainable’ with that of the Bruntland Commission.“The SSC defines sustainable fisheries and aquaculture as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs(from the World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987). 2. All present agreed that the alternative route to ‘sustainable’, should be removed i.e.confidence that there is consistency with the SSC principles for sustainability, This will be discussed by all members at the members meeting 18th July for agreement. 3. As with the sourcing code, it was agreed that ethical and social issues should not be considered. Currently they are included under wild-capture in terms of worker conditions.However, it was agreed that this should be removed and the scope should clearly state that the code relates to environmental claims, which may be re-considered as the membership expands.

27 June 2012

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Labelling working group meeting minutes – Aquaculture focus

Conclusions: Attendees agreed that sustainable aquaculture can exist, and may already do so in some very exceptional cases (e.g. rope grown mussel, integrated trophic, rice field aquaculture?) and should be covered in the code; Attendees agreed that responsible aquaculture can exist and should be covered in the code; The aquaculture section should consider social aspects; Diagram for aquaculture self-declared claims (see below, item 7), to be discussed at the next labelling working group.

18 April 2012

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Labelling working group meeting minutes

Summary of conclusions and actions: 1. Issues raised by members before the meeting and/or not on the agendaDecisions/clarifications: ClientEarth does not intend to use the content of the labelling code as a tool to lobby for legislative change; ClientEarth does not view the labelling code and/or lack of implementation of the code as a tool for legal action against members or non-members; CE are developing their role as a facilitator in SSC meetings – to be discussed in further detail at the members’ meeting; The issue of separate codes for different sectors is to be discussed at the members’ meeting.

15 November 2011

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Labelling working group meeting minutes

Agenda Items 1: Introduction: Housekeeping, apologies; Action since last meeting: CE have produced spreadsheet outlining code to provide key issues and gain feedback from members; Today’s task: look through terms discussed last time to work on agreement on what code should say. Also want to look at acceptable variants, unacceptable terms, dolphin friendly, multiple areas; Additions to agenda: Discussion of third party traceability for “sustainably fished”

4 November 2011

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Labelling working group meeting minutes

Conclusions: Wild capture parallel sessionSustainably fished:- Must meet FAO Code of Conduct on Responsible Fishing- Independently certified OR- The member’s sourcing policy and decision tree has been independently verified as complying with the FAO Code of Conduct AND- Is AIPCE low risk.

25 July 2011

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Labelling working group meeting minutes – Aquaculture focus

Conclusions: Scope of the SSC CodeThe SSC Code should cover any environmental claim on all types of seafood product;AND any commercial communication made in the context of fish.Commercial communications include all labelling, presentation or advertising of foods to be delivered as such to the final consumer1 (e.g. product labels, in-store signs, internet descriptions, magazines, advertisements, images or logos that portray the product origin/claim/information, social media, and direct consumer communications).Provisions for label positioning on products are outside scope of this code.

15 June 2011

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Labelling working group meeting minutes – Wild capture food

Agenda Item 1: Labelling Overviews. 1. Began with three presentations: Overview of current laws, typical labels found on seafood today and aim of SSC‘Labelling’ working group; Consumer perspective on existing labels; Industry perspective on labelling.2. Some preliminary issues and discussion arising from the presentations were as follows: Labelling products from all the individual seas around the world and the high seas would be potentially very difficult – there are thousands.

20 June 2011

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Labelling working group meeting minutes – Diversification

Agenda Item 1: Began with three presentations: Introduction to the SSC and overview of what ‘species diversification’ is all about; The ‘Fishing for the Markets’ project: results, data collection, future work and role of SSC; The brand perspective on underutilised species – what sells and what is practical?2. Issues arising from the presentations were as follows: Clarified that the members of the SSC are currently retailers / suppliers/ brands of seafood, but in the future it is hoped to include food service and fishmeal sectors. Non-member advisors do not make decisions, because ultimately they will not be implementing the code, but they have equal input to developing the proposals, through the working groups.

Sourcing working group meetings

9 November 2016

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Social working group minutes – Social responsibility

Summary of agreed points: Item 2: Review of comments; The title of the Sourcing Code will read ‘environmentally and socially responsible’, to maintain clarity about the scope of the Code.; Members’ commitments (section 3) will be contained in one list, applicable both to social and environmental components; More discussion is needed on defining the ‘entire supply chain’, and how far along the chain the risk assessment should apply; A new section will be included under 4.3 with risk assessment criteria for factories. Existing sections on wild capture and aquaculture will be revised to include social criteria; As it is expected the Seafish/SFP/Seafood Watch tools will be ready in early 2017, the next meeting will be scheduled following their release.

10 August 2016

SSC social working group minutes – Social responsibility

Summary of agreed points: Item 1: Scope; The scope of social commitments should cover the entire supply chain; The addition of social criteria will only apply to the sourcing code. Voluntary claims, as defined in the labelling code, will not change. However, once the sourcing code includes social criteria and is implemented by all members, responsibility claims will cover both social and environmental actions.

10 July 2013

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Sourcing working group meeting minutes – Presentation on FiT fund

Engaging in aquaculture improvement. 1) IDH 2) Why the Farmers In Transition Fund / FIT Fund? 3) Objective FIT Fund 4) Why would you participate? 5) How to benefit and become engaged?

10 July 2013

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Sourcing working group meeting minutes – Presentation on Seafish RASS tool

What is RASS? ; Strong pressures from the supply chain – translated into a requirement for suppliers to be able to ‘justify’ their buying and sourcing policy; A Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood – an online web-based database founded on objective, scientifically based information that will enhance a buyer’s ability to source supporting the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future seafood responsibly; Aim is to provide scientifically-based, factual information at stock, fishery and ecosystem levels which can be interrogated in different ways according to the information required, with a similar approach to information on aquaculture.

10 July 2013

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Sourcing working group meeting minutes

Summary of agreed points. Item 1: Risk assessment flowchart and engagement in FIPs; Small and medium businesses (SMEs) will be able to rely on another business’ or organisation’s (either within or outside the SSC membership) engagement with a fishery or farm when they cannot do so directly themselves. There is no formal definition of what constitutes an SME and this will need to be defined for the SSC. Some of the group thought there ought to be commitments in the code for the member to prove through a paper trail that another business already has a level of engagement with the fishery or farm and evidence that shows this is helping to improve it.

5 September 2012

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Sourcing working group meeting minutes

Summary of Agreed Points: Various amendments to wording of the commitments (see body of minutes); risk assessment process diagram amended: changes to layout, ‘actions completed’ labelled as ‘actions initiated’ or similar, and ‘continuous review’ represented; base criteria for risk assessment to be re-phrased to guide behaviour and not to be too prescriptive and base criteria details will be in an Appendix attached to the Code (so still part of commitments rather than just guidance).

3 July 2012

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Sourcing working group meeting minutes

Sourcing working group meeting (morning): Summary of agreed points: 1. The sourcing code will contain high level commitments, one of which is to carry out arisk assessment against base criteria, with worked examples in the guidance document.These base criteria will be the “commitments” and “considerations” which are currently in the code, subject to re-drafting. There could be worked examples in guidance, e.g. SFP, MCS and retailer own; 2. Remove ethics from the code. Ethical/social considerations will be considered at a later stage, with expanding membership. The code will focus on environmental sustainability. 3. More details in guidance, less in code. A potential format for the code was discussed,with high level principles including a commitment to carry out a risk assessment againstbase criteria (base criteria outlined in the code). See text for detail.

1 May 2012

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Sourcing working group meeting minutes

Summary: Seafood Choices Alliance/Seaweb presentation agreed that the principles of the GoodCatch 5 steps for seafood sustainability apply across all sectors. These are: 1. Gather information, 2. Source sustainably, 3. State your commitment, 4. Communicate clearly, 5. Influence wider progress. Action points: ClientEarth to forward slides to members.

Member meetings

21 July 2022

SSC Members’ Meeting minutes

Minutes for the Sustainable Seafood Coalition members’ meeting which took place on 21 July 2022. The purpose of the meeting was: to reflect on various developments in legal obligations, consumer attitudes and industry best-practice, specifically in the areas of consumer law, environmental claims, due diligence legislation and social responsibility; to consider to what extent these developments necessitate updates to the SSC Codes of Conduct in line with SSC Aim 2.

10 February 2021

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Meeting Minutes

Minutes for the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) members’ meeting which took place online on 10 Feb 2021. The purposes of the meeting were: To update members on SSC growth, finances and the work of the SSC Steering Group and SSC Feed Working Group; to share perspectives on the SSC’s strategic priorities; to hear from the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability and consider updates to the SSC’s traceability commitments; to hear from the Seafood Ethics Action Alliance and consider updates to the SSC’s social responsibility commitments.

10 December 2020

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the SSC’s ‘Responsibly Fed’ meeting held on 10th December 2020. The intentions of the meeting were: To discuss responsible feed for aquaculture, and potential SSC activities to support members and prompt wider industry action on the responsible sourcing of fish feed. To learn from each other’s perspectives, to start to define the scope of SSC activities in this area and to understand how our role intersects with those of other organisations and initiatives.

20 November 2019

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ Meeting which took place in London on 20 November 2019. Agenda items were: Horizon scanning of wider environmental issues; Implementation report planning; Online discussion platform; Advocacy-based improvements; Business engagement with ratings programmes.

21 March 2019

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ Meeting which took place in London on 21 March 2019. Agenda items were: SSC structure & option for a steering committee; Agree direction for the proposed SSC consultancy model; Discuss option to host member sourcing policies on SSC website; Review of OpenSeas engagement & direction on how to respond to similar enquiries in future; Update on Risk Assessment Resource Sharing Project; Brexit – overview of member approaches; Plastics – overview of member approaches.

28 June 2018

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ Meeting which took place in London on 28 June 2018. Agenda items were: SSC Expansion Strategy; The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI); Risk assessment resource sharing; Updates to Guidance; Code Implementation FAQs.

25 January 2018

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ Meeting Minutes

These are the Meeting Minutes from the SSC Members’ Meeting which took place in London on 25 January 2018.

4 April 2017

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of agreed points. Item 1) Vision and aims: The environmental scope of the codes is clear and a review would detract from other urgent priorities. Both the vision, and the definition of sustainability, will remain the same for now. The aims should be reviewed in the near future. Item 2) Strategic priorities: Short-term priorities (12 months); Membership expansion, with a focus on foodservice; Providing support to current members; Maintaining the codes as necessary. We need a statement around social responsibility that shows SSC members are individually working on these issues, but collectively the scope is on environmental issues.

1 March 2017

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of agreed points. Item 1: An SSC “AGM” will be held (c. early April 2017) in which strategy, governance, funding needs and financial reporting will be revisited and agreed; Membership expansion is critical (assuming the SSC must grow in order to achieve its aims), and should be targeted against the SSC strategy; A list of named attendees will be included in draft meeting minutes shared with members. The public version will remain anonymous; Silence will imply consent on secretariat requests for feedback; Consideration of social commitments to be practically included in the codes should be revisited in the future. However, keeping a small social working group would be valuable to share information and liaise with other stakeholders; The SSC coordinator post will be recruited after the SSC strategy is agreed, and be aligned with its outcomes. Item : Social responsibility working group to remain ‘on hold’ until the SSC strategy is defined, the outcome of which will dictate the social responsibility workstream and noting too that external tools are being established; Members would like to be informed if the SSC is to be used as case study at international events – this information could be circulated via a newsletter or email. Any outreach about SSC would need to align to SSC strategy in the first instance. Item 3: To decide SSC involvement on fishery improvements, though either Project UK or the proposed collaboration, at or after the SSC strategy has been defined.

14 June 2016

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of agreed points. Item 1: Social responsibility criteria will be included in the SSC sourcing code.• Members agreed the codes did not require amending to clarify the use of sustainability claims for aquaculture, but that the secretariat would clarify this in messaging with new and potential members; We will form a working group to define what ‘data deficiency’ means and possible actions for sourcing from these fisheries. The SSC Guidance will be clarified to refer to existing tools to assess risk in data-limited fisheries, and new developments in FIP performance measurement.

11 February 2016

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting presentations (Part 2)

SSC Meeting. External stakeholder presentations – part 2

11 February 2016

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting presentations (Part 1)

SSC Meeting. External stakeholder presentations – part 1; Fishing into the Future, Jim Masters, Executive Director; Cefas, Stuart Hetherington, Marine Biologist.

11 February 2016

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of agreed points. A page on the SSC website dedicated to resources on FIPs would be useful to centralise information in one place; Secretariat participation in Project UK Advisory Committee would be useful to feed information to the rest of the group, and members are encouraged to participate on an individual level. The secretariat could also support collaboration on existing FIPs by helping with organising meetings.

24 November 2015

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of agreed points. Item 1: Exploring ideas: The SSC has five objectives in relation to improvement projects: 1. Act as a vehicle to collaborate and share information. 2. Engage with catching sector to: (a) demonstrate demand and provide support with solutions; (b) ensure industry helps with scientific data collection. 3. Improved access to funding to help improvements. 4. To clarify what sources of information exist and how to improve or provide access to them; and seek clarity on what data is required by scientists for correct and up-to-date assessments. 5. Identify and work together on improvement projects.

14 July 2015

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Item 1: Future priorities for the SSC; Item 2: Review of SSC aims; Item 3: Potential SSC membership fees; Item 4: Any other business.

24 March 2015

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of agreed points: Updates since the last meeting; Guidance amendments (Sourcing Code); Guidance Amendments (Labelling Code); Potential funding structures.

14 August 2014

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of agreed points, Purpose of the members’ meeting, Governance, Implementation, Public launch.

25 June 2014

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of agreed points: Sourcing Code – traceability to vessel of origin; Sourcing Code – cetaceans; Sourcing Code – aquaculture zones; Sourcing Code – minor amendments; Sourcing Code – certification standards; Labelling Code – certification requirements; Labelling Code – 95% commitment.

2 April 2014

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of agreed points: Sourcing code – Independent Endorsement; Sourcing code – other comments; RASS tool update
Labelling Code; Guidance document; Timelines.

8 January 2014

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of agreed points
Item 1: Vote outcomes (codes); When the SSC launches the sourcing and labelling codes, they will be implemented with a phased approach whereby larger members (such as multiple retailers and some brands and processors) will initially implement the codes; The sourcing and labelling codes will be signed off simultaneously.Item 2: Sourcing code – transgenic fish; Transgenic fish will not be included in the sourcing code or guidance document.Item 3: Sourcing code – engagement; New wording was agreed on screen at the meeting (detailed in Item 3, below); Details on how members might prioritise engagement, particularly regarding scale issues, will be decided at a later date and included in the guidance document; Explanatory detail of what is meant by ‘appropriate level of engagement’ – with consideration of the different issues that may arise depending on the scale of the business and the scale of the fishery – will be included in the guidance document.Item 4: Sourcing code – working towards sustainability; The statement on working towards sustainability will not be included in the code.Item 5: Sourcing code – decision trees; The decision tree for a non-compliant audit was changed to reflect the text as agreed in Item 3.

11 November 2013

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of agreed points. Item 1: Members’ use of the SSC logo; The text in the Terms of Reference governing logo use will be redrafted and simplified by the secretariat and sent to all members for agreement.; There were not enough members present to take a decision on logo use. The secretariat will circulate an electronic vote to members to decide when they feel it is appropriate for members to start using the SSC logo. The secretariat will action any outcomes decided by a majority vote.; Until the vote is held, the SSC logo should not be used by members.; If the outcome of the vote means that the logo is used before any codes are signed, then it should be alongside an explanatory statement. If members use the logo after the launch of the code(s) it could be used independently, with no explanatory statement, in some cases.

3 October 2013

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Item 1: Labelling code redraft discussion and sign off; The members present agreed a final simplified text; This text needs to be agreed by the members not present, and the guidance document needs to be finalised before the code is signed off; The simplified writing in this version is more suitable for the intended purpose; ‘Voluntary code’ will be used rather than ‘policy’ and the document will be called the SSC ‘Voluntary Code on Environmental Claims’; Environmental descriptors such as ‘fast flowing waters’ do not need to be explained in detail in the guidance document.

11 September 2013

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes – Foodservice only

Summary of agreed points; Item 1: New EU regulations – implications for SSC members; A member of the group asked about new regulations in the EU which would have to be considered in the near future. A discussion arose as a result on theCommon Markets Organisation (CMO) regulation, food information regulation, and regulations regarding allergen information. The secretariat will keep members informed of any changes to the proposed CMO as it goes through its reform and amend the guidance document accordingly in line with the CMO changes. The secretariat will circulate links to ClientEarth’s blog and SSC news article on proposed CMO changes to the members. Item 2: Labels for allergy advice; A member of the group raised the issues of new labelling requirements for allergy advice and providing information to consumers on menus or other areas.This lead to a short discussion between members with no resulting actions.

24 July 2013

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of key concerns and agreed points. Item 1: Key ConcernsIn response to feedback from a number of SSC members, this meeting was changed from its original purpose (addressing public feedback labelling code) to address issues and potential solutions surrounding the following instead: The need for more simplicity in the draft labelling code; The practicability of the labelling code’s ‘alternative’ route to sustainability claims(Option 2) – other than certification to third party standard; The need for non-member expert involvement in SSC working groups; and Governance structure / decision making.Item 2: Simplification of the code and sign-off Without changing the agreed fundamental principles of the labelling code, its structure, layout and presentation will be simplified by the secretariat with the help of the suggested summary from an SSC member. The bulk and detail of the commitments will be placed in annexes. The secretariat will re-draft and simplify the labelling code as per agreements in this meeting and then circulate and discuss with those present at this meeting who were willing to give initial comments. The draft code will then be amended again if necessary, and presented as a new version at the next full members meeting. As a result of the outcome of this meeting, coupled with low availability for the previously suggested date of 5 September, the next SSC members’ meeting will be rescheduled to the end of September in order to take place after the food-service members meeting.

11 June 2013

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of agreed points. Item 1: Members’ vote; The comments received during the six week public feedback period were discussed.Members prioritised their top three priority points to discuss in detail and these were: to reconsider the ethical/social aspect in the scope of the code; how fishmeal will be addressed for aquaculture; and the costs and transparency of auditing; Issues regarding the presentation and clarity of the code were also widely regarded as important amongst SSC members and these were discussed briefly at the end of the meeting; Issues around AIPCE-CEP principles were also given a high priority and it was agreed they will be discussed at a later meeting to be scheduled by the secretariat; Members were keen that all feedback be addressed and discussed. It was agreed that the secretariat will circulate a feedback form to members to highlight which feedback they agreed with and would like to amend the code accordingly, and whether it would require a meeting or could be agreed via email or conference call.

26 September 2012

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes – Foodservice only

Foodservice working group meeting: Summary of agreed points & actions: 1. Agreed: A summary of what the SSC is and its successes would be useful for theMembers when discussing the SSC. 2. Agreed: The sourcing Code is the most important to the foodservice sector, and members would prefer to work on one code at a time to ensure it is completed in a reasonable timeframe rather than several at once. 3. Agreed: The foodservice group would like to receive SSC emails only once a month.Action: Secretariat to send all documents, requests and information only once a month to foodservice members. Secretariat will send new members an invite to wiki space page. 4. Agreed: The initial foodservice Membership will be capped at 18 and Members will rank suggested other potential Members to join this initial core group via email. 5. Agreed: The foodservice Members will read the current draft of the sourcing Code and will have a meeting in November to discuss it before they feel they can participate in the large sourcing working group meetings.Action: secretariat to arrange this meeting so that it occurs before the next sourcing meeting. 6. Agreed: The foodservice Members want to explore the option of inviting NGOs to their working groups after or during their next meeting.

22 November 2012

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes – afternoon all members

Summary of agreed points. Note: As set out below, it was agreed by the Members that, in order to satisfy competition law requirements, the SSC’s draft Code of Conduct on Environmental Labelling and Self-Declared Environmental Claims of Fish and Seafood (the Labelling Code) should contain two routes to making claims of ‘sustainability’ with regard to fish and seafood. The first route is via certification to third party standard; the second sets out an equivalent alternative route. For ease of reference, these are referred to as Option 1 (certification to third party standard) and Option 2 (equivalent alternative route) in the summary below.For claims of ‘responsibility’ with regard to fish and seafood, there are four options set out in the code, as follows: Option 1 (certification to third party standard); Option 2(equivalent alternative route); Option 3 (risk assessed as ‘low risk’ and appropriate actions being taken); and Option 4 (risk assessed as ‘high risk’ or ‘medium risk’ and appropriate actions being taken).

22 November 2012

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes 22nd November 2012 – morning foodservice only

Summary of agreed points. Item 1:- Members agreed secretariat should prioritise invites (or follow ups) to join theSSC to the following businesses: Garrets International, GB chefs, Sodexo,Compass, Mitch Tonks, National Federation of Fish Fryers and British Institute ofInnkeepers. Secretariat will not pursue other businesses who did not reply tothe original invitation.Item 2:- The SSC foodservice members would like to invite the following to thesourcing working groups: Aquaculture Stewardship Council, MCS, GlobalAquaculture Alliance and Seafish.- The SSC foodservice members would like to invite the following todiversification working groups: Mums Net, Great British Chefs, BBC Good Food,Restaurant magazine, Fork magazine, Crumbs magazine, Eat Out magazine,Flavour magazine, Olive magazine, Observer Food Monthly, Jamie Oliver

18 July 2012

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of conclusions and actions: Item 2: Final consensus on social/ethical factors in the codes; Agreed: All agreed on exclusion of social and ethical from the codes. It will be made clear that the codes are in relation to environmental labels and environmentally responsible sourcing; Agreed: Aspects of fish welfare relevant to the environment (e.g. disease control, habitat degradation etc) will be covered by the codes. Non-environmental aspects such as slaughter will not be under the scope of the codes.Item 3: Labelling code; Agreed: All agreed on tone and format of code; Agreed: All agreed that ‘responsible’ and ‘sustainable’ should be referred to as different claims, not levels or tiers; Agreed: It is important that the code does not endorse a particular system, rather it defines a process (and organic may be part of that process); Action point: ClientEarth to carry out legal analysis of EU ecosystem laws and relationship between organic and sustainability

2 May 2012

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes 2nd May 2012

Summary of conclusions and actions: 2: ClientEarth facilitation changes: update agreed; Clarification will be given about roles at the start of each meeting (i.e. who is facilitating, who from ClientEarth is acting as a member, would a member prefer to facilitate?)Action Points; Secretariat to review references to ClientEarth’s role within Terms of Reference. 3: Terms of Reference Clarifying authorisation Agreed; Where it is unclear whether a particular situation counts as media interaction being undertaken on behalf of the coalition, or a statement construed as lobbying and policy, the secretariat should gain approval from all members.

1 February 2012

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of conclusions & actions: Steering group options:Agreed: that SSC doesn’t need a steering group at the moment. Option for the future if the membership expands.Secretariat authorisation:Agreed: Statements of policy and lobbying require approval, even if something appears to have been agreed in a meeting. Statements of fact can be delegated as long as it doesn’t relate directly to a member or is likely to have a bearing on a member’s reputation. Permission for use of logos has already been given.Action: Secretariat to amend Terms of reference to reflect issues requiring approval etc.The letter to Maria Damanaki will now be redrafted to introduce the SSC to theCommission.

1 September 2011

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Summary of conclusions & actions: The next labelling WG should include a focus session on ‘sustainably farmed’ and on ‘what FIPs and AIPs’ really mean, as well as further analysis on minimum criteria and definitions for claims. Aim to finalise labelling code by January 2012; Species diversification WG should focus solely on species diversification and all work on bycatch reduction and data collection should go to the Discard ActionGroup (DAG), to avoid duplication. Working Group to identify appropriate unpopular managed species. Secretariat will contract out market research on the barriers to change to these species; Secretariat will edit the letter to Commissioner Damanaki and send it to members for revisions, before sending it to the commissioner; Secretariat will: continue communicating with retailers and suppliers not currently members of the SSC; identify other suppliers/retailers/brands, foodservice businesses and celebrity chefs to approach regarding joining SSC and send to members for additions; Secretariat will produce a draft of seafood sourcing policies aim to add to the current aims, and send to members for comments.

12 May 2011

Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) Members’ meeting minutes

Morning Sessions (members and non-members). 1. Secretariat welcomes all and gives a brief introduction. Session begins with four presentations. Agenda Item 1: Secretariat Presentation2. Covered the expected aims of the SSC including: clear labelling, promotion of underutilised species, sourcing standards and data collection.3. Coordinated approach is required. All of industry to be involved, including promotion from celebrity chefs, suppliers to ensure processes down to the fishmeal sectors. 4. Seafood labelling – there is no harmonisation, it is not properly regulated and no definitions. 5. Hypothetical examples were given for defined environmental claims, and the promotion of underutilised species.