Find what you are looking for

Go directly to content

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.

Get involved

Which seafood will you choose for dinner? We've got some suggestions.

Popular links

Follow us and stay up to date:

Certification

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.

Find out more

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

Certification

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.
General meeting of the Japanese Seriola Initiative (JSI) in Fukuoka on March 14

ASC Helping Japanese Seriola Producers Work Together to Improve Practices

April 23, 2019

ASC was the only certification scheme present at the recent general meeting of the Japanese Seriola Initiative (JSI), a group of producers working towards greater sustainability and transparency in their industry.

JSI was founded in 2018 in order to work together pre-competitively to improve practices, and members include Japan’s biggest seriola producers, as well as feed companies. This year’s general meeting took place in Fukuoka on March 14.

ASC has been involved in the group from its inception, and ASC’s standard is used to guide the group’s objectives and performance. Several of the members are already ASC certified with another currently undergoing certification.

ASC Japan’s Commercial Manager, Koji Yamamoto, was present at the annual general meeting to answer questions, receive feedback and provide guidance.

“We’re very happy to see this kind of collaboration and help where we can,” said Koji. “There were a number of tangible actions and constructive questions from members at this year’s meeting, which demonstrates how proactive they are in working with ASC to improve practices.”

“I’m excited to see Japan’s major producers working pre-competitively to drive up standards, because Japan is an important country for this fish, both as a producer and consumer.”

Seriola farming is an important part of the Japanese economy, representing the largest output of the country’s aquaculture industry both in terms of volume and value. Its quality is valued by sushi chefs, while its versatility means it can be prepared in a number of ways.

While most seriola produced in Japan is currently consumed by the domestic market, producers are increasingly looking to export their products to markets such as the US.

“There are a number of motivations for these producers to ensure responsible practices and transparency, not least to aid access to new markets overseas,” said Koji.

The members of JSI include Kurose Suisan Kaisha Ltd., the first ASC certified seriola producer in the world; Maruha Nichiro – also ASC certified; and Azuma-Cho Fishery Cooperative, Japan’s largest seriola producer currently in assessment for ASC certification. Associate members include a number of feed producers, enabling to group to work towards greater responsibility along the supply chain. WWF Japan played a role in the group’s establishment.

Confidental Infomation