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ASC completes standards review on salmon, tilapia, and pangasius

Staff Writer | April 27, 2017
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has completed its review on its salmon, tilapia, and pangasius standard, which has revealed some improvements need to be made.
Chris Ninnes
Seafood   The requirements for salmon feed
These improvements relate to the requirements for salmon feed and new restrictions on the use of antibiotics.

Chris Ninnes, CEO of ASC, said: “Social indicators account for up to 40% of the content of an ASC standard and we hope to see the further promotion of these aspects in benchmarked programmes in response to the interest of corporate seafood buyers globally.”

ASC’s standard, which was first put in place in 2015, is dedicated to measurably improving the environmental and social performance of aquaculture producers through the use of metrics-based farm performance standards.

As per the requirements of the standard, each ASC farm undergoes a periodic review to ensure its continued effectiveness.

Following the review, the standard has also been strengthened and improved in response to feedback received on its operational impact and effectiveness.

ASC’s standard is in line with the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) Benchmark Process which it entered into in March 2017.standardThe GSSI benchmark is based on United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products.