Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)
ASC standards set strict requirements for responsible farming, encouraging seafood producers to minimise environmental and social impacts of aquaculture.
Building Consumer Trust
Environmental and Social Focus
What Is It?
ASC standards for responsible aquaculture address the key environmental impacts of farming, set requirements for workers’ rights and protect communities surrounding certified farms.
Farms must show that they actively minimise their impact on the surrounding natural environment. This extends to careful management of the fish health and resources.
Farms must be a good and conscientious neighbour; that means operating their farm in a socially responsible manner, caring for their employees and working with the local community.
The ASC standards were developed in line with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) guidelines and ISEAL’s (International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling) Codes of Good Practice. All ASC standards are also managed in compliance with the ISEAL Standard Setting Procedure
Through Chain of Custody (CoC) certification ASC labelled seafood can be traced back through every step of the supply chain to a well-managed farm that meets the strict requirements of the ASC standards.
Currently ASC standards cover 17 species groups [abalone; bivalves (clams, mussels, oyster, scallop); flatfish; freshwater trout; pangasius; salmon; seabass, seabream, meagre; seriola and cobia; shrimp; tilapia; tropical marine finfish]. There is also a joint ASC-MSC standard for seaweed.