The Aquaculture Stewardship Council is an international, independent, not for profit organization created to manage the global standards for responsible aquaculture. ASC has the ambition to become the world’s leading certification and labelling programme for responsibly farmed seafood. The ASC standards focus on reducing key environmental and social impact of fish farming. The standards were created by the Aquaculture Dialogues, an open and transparent initiative initiated and coordinated by WWF, with over 2,000 participants including farmers, seafood processors, retailers and foodservice operators, NGOs, government agencies and knowledge institutes. All eight initial standards have been completed (Tilapia, Pangasius, Abalone, Bivalves, Salmon, Trout, Seriola/Cobia and shrimp).
For more information about the Aquaculture Stewardship Council please visit the ASC website.
ASC Accreditation Process
ASI manages the ASC Accreditation Program according to international standards and based on the specific requirements as defined in the document ‘ASC Farm Certification and Accreditation Requirements’.
Certifiers can apply for accreditation for the following standards: Pangasius, Tilapia, Abalone, Bivalves, Salmon, Trout, Serioala/Cobia and Shrimp. All applications will be handled following the normal accreditation process up to the point of and including the office assessment. CABs will be assessed against the ‘ASC Farm Certification & Accreditation Requirements v2.0’ through a desk study, an office and a witness assessment.
All ASC CAB lead auditors are required to complete and pass a standard specific ASC training, before being able to receive accreditation and conduct certification audits of clients. The ASC has developed a training framework for standards released up to date. Updates on where and when the next training sessions are to be held will be announced on the ASC website.
CABs that would like to become accredited for ASC Farm certification are invited to submit their application form at any time. The initial species specific on farm witness assessments will be carried out once CAB auditor(s) have successfully completed the respective, standard specific ASC training. Find more information about ASI’s ASC Accreditation Program here.
Aquaculture products entering the chain of custody are subject to the requirements of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) which also covers ASC products. MSC CoC accreditation is a prerequisite to obtain accreditation for ASC Farm. FInd out more about ASC CoC accreditation here.