Notice of MEL Aquaculture Management Standard Revision

Dear Our Partners:

We have decided to revise the MEL Aquaculture Management Standard (AMS) Version 1.0 in order to comply with global trends, changes in the environment surrounding the Japan’s aquaculture industry, and the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) Benchmark Tool Version 2.0. Along with the revision of the standard, we plan to change the regulations such as AMS Guidelines for Auditors – Indicators of Conformity – Version 1.1 and Checklist for Auditors of AMS.

We intend to proceed with the prescribed procedures such as an announcement of the draft of the new standard, explanatory meeting (webinar) for certificated entities and MEL auditors, public consultation, and General Membership Meeting’s approval, with the aim of effectuating the MEL AMS Version 2.0 by the end of July 2022.

As soon as the draft is completed, a formal announcement will be made, and information on the explanatory meeting (webinar), public comments, and the transition and introduction schedules will be provided on our website.

We look forward to your continued support.


Secretariats of Marine Eco-Label Japan Council