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ASC Pioneers Digital Traceability for Shrimp Through Its Key Data Elements Project

Digital supply chain traceability of Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified shrimp products has become a reality, thanks to ASC’s Key Data Elements (KDE) project. By harnessing the power of technology to improve visibility of each product’s route to market, retailers will have a higher level of programme assurance through increased farm origin and supply chain […]

ASC Expands Presence in South Korea

Recent highlights include new GM, Sustainable Seafood Event and MoU signing    In line with the growing supply and demand of responsible aquaculture in Asia, the most productive region in the world for farmed seafood, Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has stepped up its presence in South Korea.  ASC’s work in the country is already well established […]

ASC’s Chain of Custody Module becomes effective end of May, food safety requirement extended to 2024

From 30 May 2023, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s new Chain of Custody (CoC) Module becomes effective and mandatory. This includes new requirements additional to the existing Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) CoC certification to further strengthen the value and assurance of the ASC label. Food safety requirement extended to May 2024 Within the ASC CoC Module, […]

ASC Highlights Contribution Of Responsible Aquaculture To SDGs in UN’s Multi-stakeholder Forum

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)’s Director of Market Research & Insights Bertrand Charron spoke at the United Nation’s 8th Annual Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held in UN Headquarters in New York, USA yesterday, 3 May. The STI Forum facilitates discussions on science, technology and innovation cooperation in support […]

Small Farms Now Access ASC Certification Through Group Certification

More than 1,000 small-scale farms have already earned Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification for responsibly farmed seafood, as a result of ASC’s group certification. Globally, a significant majority of farmed seafood comes from small- to medium-sized producers. It’s crucial that ASC certification be accessible to these smaller businesses around the world. “To succeed in our […]

ASC and SFP Join Forces to Enhance Responsible Aquaculture Production

Barcelona, Spain  – At Seafood Expo Global, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on April 25 formalising their common goal of increasing the sustainability of aquaculture production and practices around the globe. The MoU builds on work by the ASC and SFP on data sharing […]

Second Edition of ASC And SSP’s Shrimp Summit In Ecuador Attracts Buyers From Major Markets Across the Globe

Guayaquil, Ecuador – Following a successful inaugural of the Shrimp Summit in July 2022, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Sustainable Shrimp Partnership (SSP) are hosting another ASC Shrimp Summit on June 12-14, 2023. In 2022, ASC buyers and seafood suppliers from the United States and Canada such as Sysco, Alberton’s, Disney, Ahold Delhaize USA, […]

ASC receives highest score amongst seafood farming certifications schemes in Human Rights at Sea Report

In March 2023, the non-governmental organisation Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) issued consolidated and updated data sets behind the report “Does it do What it Says on the Tin?” and amended the scores after review and engagement with rated organisations. ASC’s Standards now take five of the six top spots when assessed against the 15 […]

ASC Rolls Out New Variance Request Procedure To Increase Stakeholder Accessibility and Transparency

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has updated its Variance Requests (VR) process to increase efficiency, accessibility, and stakeholder engagement. Under VR 2.0, the procedure is streamlined and applicable across all ASC Requirements. The VR process provides necessary means for ASC to evaluate an adaptation of a global standard to a local context under the International […]

ASC Co-sponsors Sustainability Seminar at NASF 2023

For the third year in a row, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is proud to co-sponsor the Sustainability Seminar at the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF), together with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Global Seafood Alliance (GSA). The NASF conference, again fully an in-person event after a two-year hiatus, will be held from 7 […]

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