JPEC Ltd conducts audits and evaluations across the primary industries and environmental sectors.
In fisheries, third-party certification provides an objective measure of sustainability and fishery performance, and is part of corporate social responsibility for many seafood businesses. JPEC Ltd has been engaged by Lloyd’s Register, Control Union, SAI Global Trust, Monterey Bay Aquarium and other clients to assess wild-capture fisheries against third-party standards. Dr Johanna Pierre of JPEC Ltd is a certified Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fishery assessor, team leader, chain-of-custody auditor and peer reviewer. She also conducts fishery pre-assessments.
Lloyd’s Register (as a Conformity Assessment Body for MSC) contracted Johanna to assess the environmental impacts of the South Africa hake trawl fishery. This fishery had entered its third full reassessment to renew its MSC certification. Other team members focused on assessing stock status and governance.
The reassessment required a site visit and the detailed review and analysis of a large body of information provided by the client fishery and stakeholders, to determine if the fishery met the MSC standard. Consultation on draft reports and responses to stakeholder and peer-reviewer commentary were also required.
Throughout the reassessment, the team ensured that the process and reporting were conducted to meet MSC’s requirements. A final report and recommendation were delivered and the fishery was successfully recertified.
Find additional examples of assessments, audits and evaluations that JPEC has worked on here.
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