Our ASC standards
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.
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Credibility of 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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You can help us with this by telling us which species you think ASC should consider certifying in the future. If you have a particular species in mind please contact us at email@example.com.
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).