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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.

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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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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.

The new ASC Farm Standard

Have your say on the content of the ASC Farm Standard. Whether you’re a farmer, a retailer, an NGO or anyone else who is interested in what we are doing, we want to hear from you!

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From Monday 8th April until 20th May 2024, ASC is running a stakeholder consultation on the new ASC Farm Standard, addressing requirements for key areas such as water quality, green house gas emissions, alien species, living wage and animal welfare.

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ASC is bringing together its twelve species-specific standards into one robust Farm Standard to provide greater consistency across all species covered by ASC.

This means:

  • The requirements that all farms need to meet to obtain, and retain, ASC certification are relevant and consistent
  • ASC can act on market demand for new species and add new production systems to the programme
  • Previous requirements are enhanced and new ones are added to address the key environmental and social impacts from aquaculture

The Standard is structured according to four principles – with our new, fourth principle developed to put fish welfare front and centre of our new approach

Each principle contains a set of criteria that set effective, credible and measurable requirements.

Click on the principle you are interested in to find out more.

Stakeholder consultation: have your say on the final content of the ASC Farm Standard

Whether you’re a farmer, a retailer, an NGO, academic, or anyone else who is interested in what we are doing, we want to hear from you!

Stakeholder inclusion and participation is a key element of the ASC programme to ensure that the ASC Farm Standard reflects a breadth of knowledge, expertise and expectations.

The Standard has undergone several rounds of stakeholder consultation and will now undergo a final round of stakeholder consultation in April 2024.

How to get involved

The survey contains:

  • Questions about where ASC is doing well, and where improvements can be made
  • General questions about the content of the new ASC Farm Standard
  • Specific questions about certain ‘deep dive’ topics within the new ASC Farm Standard

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The Stakeholder consultation will run until Monday 20th May.

Below you can find supporting materials and information to help you understand the key changes and enhancements that we are consulting on.

Documentation

Overall explainer of all aspects of the ASC Farm Standard

ASC Farm Standard

Supporting in depth information for selected topics

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Supporting documents and tools

ASC will finalise the Farm Standard in 2024 and work to make this operational in 2025, with a transition period to support farms in moving from ASC’s species-specific Standards to the new Farm Standard.

If you have questions, or any other related feedback please let us know.

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Document archive

For documentation on the New Farm Standard prior to 2024, please visit the document archive.

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