MarinTrust launches public consultation

By Jane Byrne

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MarinTrust is inviting feedback from stakeholders as it evaluates the effectiveness and impacts of its review system for its program aimed at improving the global responsibility of the sourcing and production of marine ingredients.

Ultimately, the public consultation​ is expected to enable the collection of further findings on how to improve the delivery of the three components of the MarinTrust Program: the standard for marine ingredients factories; the chain of custody standard and the improver program.

The feedback period runs from 12 to 26 January 2023. MarinTrust is seeking comments from interested parties on its Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) system, which was implemented in 2017 to facilitate a clearer prospective of the company, its processes, where improvements need to be considered and where success can be measured.

The MEL system​ is reviewed on an annual basis with input from the MarinTrust secretariat and the Governing Body Committee (GBC) to ensure it remains fit for purpose and feeds into MarinTrust development and strategy.

MarinTrust said such a process allows it to adjust its action plans and put mitigations in place, when possible, if unintended effects are identified.

As part of the MEL system a number of indicators are monitored and measured each year to review aspects of the program that are working well and those which need improvements. This includes any unintended effects that the MarinTrust program may have on the supply chain. It is important for us to be aware of these potential effects, especially if they may have a negative impact. This allows MarinTrust to put mitigations in place to reduce their effects, although it may be challenging to mitigate them completely.

MarinTrust has currently identified six potential unintended effects:

MarinTrust consultation

Feedback from stakeholders is sought in relation to the following questions:

  • Do you agree with the current identified unintended impacts outlined in the consultation document?
  • Are there any positive unintended affects you think should be considered as part of MarinTrust's MEL system?
  • Are there any other unintended impacts that the MarinTrust program may have on the industry?
  • Which of the current negative unintended effects do you see as being the most significant and potentially most damaging?

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