Improver Programme Application Committee (IPAC)

The MarinTrust GBC and Improver Programme Application Committee (IPAC) work together to develop and implement the MarinTrust Improver Programme (MarinTrust IP). The IPAC is an objective‐based multi‐stakeholder group, representative of fishery science, fishmeal manufacturing, the food supply chain and environment. The function of the IP AC is to draft the MarinTrust IP assessment, acceptance and tracking mechanisms for submission to the MarinTrust GBC for finalisation and approval. This ensures that only progressive and committed applicants are accepted onto the MarinTrust IP.

Main Objective:

The objective of the IFFO RS IP is to implement a robust and credible programme, allied to the IFFO RS Version 2.0 standard, at approved IFFO RS IP factories which at present are struggling to meet the IFFO RS Version 2.0 standard certification criteria. Implementation of this Improver Programme will allow IFFO RS IP factories to reach compliance with the IFFO RS Version 2.0 standard in a defined period of time.

Key Activities:

  • To develop the MarinTrust IP Application Mechanism for MarinTrust GBC approval.
  • To keep the MarinTrust IP Application Mechanism procedures under review, to ensure their relevance to current practice and market requirements.
  • Provide knowledge and guidance that will contribute to accurate interpretation, development and alignment of the MarinTrust IP for assessment purposes.
  • Provide advice by way of decisions, proceedings, and meeting minutes to the MarinTrust GBC on any amendments considered to be necessary to ensure the accuracy, relevance and credibility of the MarinTrust IP programme.
  • Provide input and advice on documents prepared on the IPAC interpretation of the MarinTrust IP Application Criteria and supporting MarinTrust IP guidance documentation used in the assessment of applicants as the programme develops and evolves.
  • Monitor any changes to the relevant Normative Reference documents or standards, or newly issued FAO guidance relevant to fishery assessment or legislative documentation that are used in the MarinTrust programme and incorporate the required amendments into the MarinTrust IP Application Criteria.

MarinTrust Improver Programme Application Committee (IPAC): 

Biographies of each can be found on the Governance & Board Members page;

  • Neil Auchterlonie (Chairperson)
  • Francisco Aldon
  • Duncan Leadbitter
  • Dan Lee
  • Trygve B. Lea
  • Indrani Lutchman

Marine ingredient producers who wish to participate and be formally accepted into the MarinTrust IP must complete the relevant application registration and send it to the MarinTrust secretariat at If you have any questions, please contact us at