Our ASC Standards set strict requirements for responsible seafood farming that encourage producers to farm with care for fish, the environment and the people on and around the farm.
Our ASC Standards
Our Farm Standards
ASC Feed Standard
ASC’s Feed Standard tackles one of the biggest potential impacts of aquaculture, the production of feed, and does so in a holistic way by requiring responsible sourcing for all major feed ingredients.
ASC Chain of Custody Standard
Our Chain of Custody Standard is a traceability and segregation standard that is applicable to the full supply chain from a certified farm to the product carrying the ASC label.
The ASC Standards focus on both the environmental and social impact of farming
Learn more about our ASC Standards
ASC Aligned Farm Standard
The Aligned Farm Standard will cover all impact areas in one rigorous standard, and will include species-specific requirements where relevant. Alignment will also allow ASC to more efficiently expand its reach (e.g. adding production systems or new species) and will facilitate the swifter update of specific metrics.
Credibility of the ASC Standards
To ensure a credible, inclusive and transparent standard setting process the standards were developed in line with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) guidelines and ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice. Find out more about how we develop standards on our Programme Improvements page.
For all inquiries and feedback on any of the ASC standards or to request a hard copy of public summaries, standards or other related materials, please contact the Standards and Science Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Variance Request and Interpretation platform
Variance Requests (VR’s) are requests to adapt an ASC standard requirement to a local context while continuing to adhere to the original intent of the requirement.
The Interpretation platform is a searchable database of all Variance Requests and Questions for Interpretation (QA’s) submitted to the ASC. Variance Requests are publicly available to improve consistency in understanding and application of ASC standards and Certification Accreditation Requirements (CAR).
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Archive of ASC Standards documents
You can find here older versions of ASC Standards and the available translation in different languages (please note that previous versions are only for reference purposes).
Get certified: producers
Farms and feed mills can get certified against our standards for responsible aquaculture. Learn how you can apply for certification.
Get certified: business
Seafood suppliers can get certified against the Chain of custody standard. Learn how you can apply for certification.
Get certified: feed mills
Do you want to demonstrate that you produce your feed with care?