Public Comment

G.U.L.F. Responsible Fisheries Management Scheme

The Public Comment Process

Audubon recognizes the value and necessity of public comment to the operation and development of the G.U.L.F. Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Scheme. G.U.L.F. opens official public comment periods when undertaking revisions to the G.U.L.F. RFM Certification Standard and G.U.L.F. RFM Chain of Custody Standard and any major revisions to supporting documents. However, stakeholders are welcome to submit comments at any time. The G.U.L.F. RFM Committees will consider comments based on their content and objectiveness with respect to providing improvements to the Scheme. For more information on the public comment process, please see Procedures for Managing Stakeholder Input.

Comments should be submitted to the Scheme Manager at


Public Comment Periods

While public comments can be submitted at any time, there are currently no documents under review.

1For the public comment period from June 1, 2017 through August 1, 2017, G.U.L.F. received a letter containing multiple comments. These comments were compiled with comments held from previous comment periods, and the Fisheries Technical Advisory Committee (F-TAC) reviewed all comments. G.U.L.F. RFM documents were updated where appropriate, otherwise a response was prepared explaining why no changes were made. Additional information can be found in the comment matrix.

2For the public comment period from April 15, 2016 through May 20, 2016, G.U.L.F. received two letters consisting of multiple comments on the G.U.L.F. RFM Standard. The Guidance to Assessment was not included in this public comment period, but would address the majority of these comments. Therefore, the comments were held until the following comment period, which included the Guidance to Assessment and the RFM Standard.

3For the public comment period from December 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015, G.U.L.F. received three submissions each containing multiple comments. After review, the F-TAC felt the comments would be addressed by future publication of supplementary scheme documents and sent a response letter with this information to all commenting organizations. The supplementary scheme documents were posted for public comment in subsequent comment periods.

In addition to the public comment periods, the G.U.L.F. Standard underwent a technical review by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB). The F-TAC met on July 15, 2015 and December 12, 2015 to review and address these comments.

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