To ensure market relevance we have worked closely with members of the Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition (HKSSC) and others in the seafood industry, who provide market and trade insights and put forward species for assessment. Members include:
Professors, students and consultants from Hong Kong University and City University, along with peer review guidance from regional experts have worked together to develop the Seafood Risk Assessment methodology. The flexible nature of the assessment team and 2-3 day assessment periods enable companies to rapidly generate assessments when needed.
Members of the seafood industry can use these risk assessments to guide sourcing decisions and begin the journey of initiating and supporting improvements with suppliers, source fisheries and farms.
Seed funding has been provided by the ADM Capital Foundation (ADMCF), the Swire Charitable Trust and the Estee Lauder Foundation. RS Standards has experience in developing fish risk assessment methods for the UK industry and has managed the risk assessment process with the support of technical advisors.
RS Standards developed the Seafood Risk Assessment methodology with the guidance of the peer review advisory committee. Academic experts with expertise in wild catch and farmed products conduct each risk assessment in 2-3 days. These assessments are then shared with regional species-specific government, academic and trade experts for review. The methodology has been designed to be cost effective, quick and time efficient.
Senior Seafood Consultant, Fisheries Work Programme, Visiting researcher at Hull University
PhD candidate, molecular ecologist, IUCN regional accessor
Maine Aquaculture Hub Coordinator, Maine Sea Grant, University of Maine
PhD candidate, fresh and dried seafood trade expert
Honorary Professor at School of Biological Sciences, Independent consultant IUCN expert