Creating the ASC standards

Historic overview - how the initial standards were developed

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) paved the way for the ASC by initiating and coordinating the development of a series of 8 species-specific Aquaculture Dialogues, held between 2004 and 2015. The aim: to reduce the environmental and social impacts of aquaculture worldwide.

With input from over 2,000 representatives of the global aquaculture industry, retail and foodservice sector, NGOs, government and scientific community, eight standards for responsible fish farming were developed and handed over to ASC to be operationalised.

These 8 standards cover 12 species' groups: salmon, shrimp, tilapia, pangasius, trout, abalone, bivalves (oysters, mussels, clams and scallops) and seriola/cobia. The ASC standards, can be found and downloaded from the Standards, Certification and Accreditation page in the Download Centre on this website.

Once a farm is compliant and certified against the relevant standard, its ASC certified products are allowed to bear the easily identifiable ASC logo, giving customers and consumers the reassurance that the seafood comes from a well-managed farm.

Current procedures - how new standards are being developed and revised

Built upon previous Aquaculture Dialogues, the ASC has set up its own system to develop, operationalise and manage standards (review and revise). To do this in a credible manner the ASC follows the guidelines as set out by ISEAL in its credibility principles and in the Standard Setting Code. ASC's Standard Setting Procedure can be found and downloaded from the Standards, Certification and Accreditation page in the Download Centre on this website.

Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the procedure, using the form available there and send it back to the ASC Secretariat.

Overview of the ASC standards (including former and current version of each) can be found in the document 'Overview of all current ASC Certification Standards Documents' which can be found and downloaded from the Standards, Certification and Accreditation page in the Download Centre on this website.

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