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Why ASC?

We set the standard for seafood. If you see the ASC label on pack, you can be sure that your seafood was farmed with care.

Our impact

By choosing ASC labelled seafood, you are making a proven, positive impact on people and the planet.

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Join the most recognised certification programme as proof of your responsible farming practices to a global audience.

Our impact

ASC creates measurable positive change in global seafood farming.

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The ASC programme is successful because of all producers and partners involved. Read our reports and stories.


Join the most recognised certification programme and benefit from trading ASC certified seafood.

Our impact

ASC creates measurable, positive change in global seafood farming.

After certification

In addition to accessing our global network of secure and flexible supply, ASC partners benefit from marketing their ASC certified seafood.

Active Variance Requests and Questions for Interpretation

The Variance Request (VR) and Question for Interpretation (QA) Dashboard  allows you to search for active VR or QA related to the Certification and Accreditation Requirements (CAR) or any of the ASC standards.

  • Variance Request: Request to adapt an ASC standard requirement to a local context while continuing to adhere to the original intent of the requirement.
  • Question for Interpretation: An interpretation of the language and/or the intent of an ASC standard requirement. Interpretations provide temporary additional guidance and information between revisions to programme documents.

How to use this dashboard

Filter by topic:

  • Click on any of the bars to view all VR and QA related to that topic, or select a category from the impact category drop-down menu
  • Click on any specific standard or CAR, then select an impact category to view all QA and VR on that topic for that particular standard document/CAR

To reset all filters, click reset filters on the bottom left-hand side of all available filters.

For more information on ASC’s Variance Request and Question for Interpretation process, click here.

For VR and QA related inquiries, contact the Variance Request team at

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