The extent to which a fishery meets the requirements of the MarinTrust Standard is measured by completing a fishery assessment. The current MarinTrust fishery assessment methodology is designed to ensure the responsible management of fisheries where a small number of species make up a majority of the catch, which makes it difficult to directly apply the methodology to multispecies fisheries.
To allow a greater range of fisheries to apply to the scheme, MarinTrust is currently developing a methodology to allow multispecies fisheries to be assessed against the MarinTrust Standard. The draft methodology has been developed with input from the MarinTrust Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), mixed trawl fisheries workshops conducted in Vietnam and Thailand, the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) Guidelines and other expert guidance. The draft has been peer reviewed by experts.
Once developed, the testing of the Multispecies Criteria within the methodology will enable a limited number of multispecies fisheries to apply to the MarinTrust Improver Programme (IP). Once the Criteria are fully tested and established, the aim is for these fisheries to apply for full MarinTrust Approval.