World Fishing & Aquaculture | Clear impact of responsible aquaculture

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ASC shrimp farms have improved their environmental performance. Photo: Quentin Bates



ASC’s first Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) report demonstrates the impact of certified responsible aquaculture with clear improvements in the environmental performance of salmon farms in Norway, Canada and Chile, and shrimp farms in Vietnam.

Included in the report is the finding that ASC shrimp farms have increased by 50% their ongoing compliance to the environmental performance requirements between 2014 and 2018. The report also found clear evidence that certified farms are learning to work together, and with their feed suppliers, to reduce their reliance on wild-caught fish in the feed they use, helping to reduce the pressure on wild fishery stocks.

“Reporting on our impact is a key part of the ASC mission, and this report demonstrates the value of transparency in a certification programme,” said Jill Swasey, Head of Monitoring and Evaluation at ASC.

Social responsibility requirements

ASC standards include requirements for social responsibility such as treating staff and local communities fairly, and the report has revealed demonstrated improvements in working hours and overtime across all species and countries looked at, especially across shrimp farms in Vietnam, Ecuador and Honduras, and salmon farms in Chile.

Additionally, the report shows shrimp farms in India and Vietnam have improved how they monitor their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions as a result of certification; and Indian shrimp farms show marked improvement in community relations – this is due to better communicating with local communities and sharing conflict resolution policies

The M&E report uses thousands of data points from hundreds of certified farms to analyse trends in their performance – reinforced with case studies illustrating social and environmental gains, and market access achieved by ASC farms.



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