The Expert Consultation considered a number of issues relating to the
Guidelines and the Evaluation Framework. Inter alia, it noted that the
Guidelines, and therefore the draft Evaluation Framework, relate only to
the biological sustainability of fishery resources and not
to other aspects that might have an impact on sustainability.
Also noted were the many commonalities between the Marine Ecolabelling
Guidelines and the draft Inland Ecolabelling Guidelines, and that
the major difference between them relates to the consideration of
enhancement and the use of introduced and/or translocated species in the
draft Inland Guidelines.
The Expert Consultation noted that in both sets of Guidelines there is
insufficient attention given to the chain of custody. The respective
responsibilities of States and ecolabelling schemes in relation to
assistance to developing countries was also discussed. The draft
Evaluation Framework is provided in Appendix D with an explanation of the
approach in the body of this report.