Aquaculture Stewardship Council Certification

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Aquaculture Stewardship Council Certification

Clean Seas is in the process of preparing for Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification (ASC) Seriola and Cobia Standard Version 1.0 October 2016.

This standard was submitted to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council by the Steering Committee (SC) of the Seriola and Cobia Aquaculture Dialogue (SCAD). The standard seeks to harness the power of the marketplace to promote meaningful, positive change in the way Seriola and Cobia is farmed. The standard has been debated and revised based on public feedback by means of 2 public comment periods. On any given requirement, individual SC members had a range of views, and sometimes disagreed. As a package, the Steering Committee believed the standard represents an important step forward in defining environmentally and socially responsible production of farmed Seriola and Cobia.

Collectively, the requirements in this standard seek to minimize or eliminate the key negative environmental and social impacts of Seriola and Cobia farming, while permitting the industry to remain economically viable. In order to improve the industry’s overall performance, the requirements focus on today’s best performers and are intended to be at a level where enough producers strive to achieve them, bringing about actual change on the ground

The standard is intended to be a starting point for continuous improvement and to be periodically updated in line with Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) policies to reflect the best available scientific knowledge, management practices and technologies, and the data collected during the certification of farms to the standard. The standard calls for greater transparency around farm-level data and monitoring to assist in these future revisions.

The standard is intended to be one tool to improve the sustainability of the industry. The Steering Committee recognized that farm-level requirements must be complemented by effective governmental regulations and coastal zone planning. Governments play a particularly important role in managing potential cumulative impacts from multiple farms. The SCAD SC would like to see ways explored to further integrate cumulative impacts in later iterations of the Seriola and Cobia production requirements.

Source: ASC Seriola and Cobia Standard Version 1.0 October 2016

For more information go to https://www.asc-aqua.org/

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