Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

In order to develop a robust Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) system MarinTrust utilised the ISEAL documentary guidance, specialist consultancy support and stakeholder consultation workshops.

The MEL system consists of a Statement of Change that has been defined as Improved global responsibility of the sourcing and production of Marine Ingredients, Theory of Change, associated assumptions and MEL Plan, all of which are explained in detail in the outline document found in the downloads section. The MEL outline document aims to provide stakeholders and other interested parties with a clear description of what the MEL system is and what the MEL system entails. 


  • ISEAL membership - Access to ISEAL community, funding, technical support and peer-learning
  • Demonstrate the Impacts MarinTrust is having on the Marine Ingredient industry
  • Learn and adapt accordingly to ensure desired Impacts are achieved
  • Traceability – Demonstrate credibility and transparency to stakeholders and interested parties, including;
    • Ensuring ongoing compliance with ISEAL’s Impacts Code.
    • Enhancing  IFFO RS’s credibility as the leading responsible Marine Ingredient standard
    • Increasing transparency of the success of schemes approach and impacts
  • Engagement – To seek engagement from stakeholders and other interested parties.
  • Performance – To track performance of MEL activities.
  • Improvement – To facilitate development and improvement for particular indicators of concern.
  • Communication – To communicate the findings of the data collection, analysis and evaluations.

The scope of the MEL system has been defined as follows; 

  • Activities outlined in the Theory of Change (ie, Outputs/Inputs)
  • Assumptions that have been identified in association within the Theory of Change
  • Potential negative and unintended effects in association with the Theory of Change
  • The Outcomes identified within the Theory of Change
  • The Impacts identified within the Theory of Change
  • As the geographic scope of the MarinTrust programme, the scope of the MEL system is also defined as global 
  • Time boundaries for activities are aligned with those of IFFO RS resources available
  • Performance monitoring  though Outcome and Impact evaluations 


MarinTrust Surveys

As part of MarinTrusts's Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) system and in order to facilitate the collection of stakeholder opinions and feedback, MarinTrust have released a number of surveys. Currently 4 surveys have been release, which include surveys for:

  • Those currently MarinTrust certified
  • New Applicants to the MarinTrust programme
  • Other Stakeholders
  • Potential Applicants to the MarinTrust Programme

These surveys are designed to collect opinions on the standard, reasons for applications, challenges for applicants and other relevant questions linked with the MarinTrust Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) system. Data from these surveys will be used as part of the annual MarinTrust MEL system report to provide up-to-date information to stakeholders and other interested parties. This also allows year on year changes to be highlighted as well as providing an opportunity for improvements to be implemented.

The reports outlining the results from these surveys can be found in the download section on the right hand side of this page.

Note: No personal or professional data regarding participants of these surveys will ever be shared with anyone. We use these data anonymously for analytical purposes only.


For any further information in relation to the MarinTrust MEL system please contact the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator who is the principal person responsible for the M&E system at or