ASC

Aquaculture Stewardship Council

ASC is an independent, international non-profit organisation that manages the world’s leading certification and labelling programme for responsible aquaculture.

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ASC's Standard

ASC’s standards for responsible aquaculture address the key environmental impacts of farming, set requirements for workers’ rights and protect communities surrounding certified farms.

About ASC

ASC work with aquaculture producers, seafood processors, retail and foodservice companies, scientists, conservation groups and consumers to transform aquaculture.

  • The ASC standards, which assess whether farms are operating responsibly

  • The promotion and recognition of responsible farming practices through the use of a consumer facing logo that influences consumer choice

  • The use of outreach and marketing to create demand for ASC labelled products

  • Collaboration to increase demand and market access for certified seafood via consumer purchasing preference

The ASC Standards

The ASC Standards are developed in line with Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations Guidelines and is the only aquaculture certification scheme to be recognised as a full member of the ISEAL Alliance Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards, which requires inclusive and transparent standard setting.

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Credible

ASC standards are developed and implemented according to ISEAL guidelines – multi-stakeholder, transparent, incorporating science-based performance metrics.

The requirements in the standards are realistic, measurable and auditable and deliver real change.

Meaningful

Effective

A globally recognised, market-oriented programme that aims to promote meaningful improvements in aquaculture production in a credible and cost efficient way that adds real value to producers and buyers of certified products.

 

The Weight of Traceability

ASC Chain of Custody Standard

ASC work with aquaculture producers, seafood processors, retail and foodservice companies, scientists, conservation groups and consumers to transform aquaculture.

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Purchasing from a certified supplier

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Certified products are identifiable

Certified products are segregated

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Traceable and volumes are recorded

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The organisation has a management system