ASC Responsible Feed Project

Most seafood species that are farmed need feed in order to complete their growing cycle. But while feed is an essential element in fish farming, it is also a major contributor to the overall environmental impact of aquaculture. This is because the production of some of the key ingredients used in making feed itself creates environmental pressures that need to be addressed urgently. The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is developing a project to tackle this problem.  It will create a new, globally applicable, ASC Responsible Feed Standard.

The Standard will set out the requirements for the aquaculture feed industry to operate on a more environmentally sound and socially responsible basis. The project will introduce consistency into the way in which the aquaculture feed industry has been asked to address sustainability and social responsibility issues concerning feed.


Last update: 13-04-2016:

  • Received stakeholder feedback on first draft online.

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***More information about the Feed Project will be added as the project progresses***

Project update - April 2016

The first public consultation period has been a major success! More than 1000 comment lines have been received and are now online available. 

The Technical Working Groups are re-starting work to process the received comments into a second draft, which is expected end Q2-2016.


Documents for Public Consultation

General information

The ASC Responsible Feed Project follows the ISEAL Guidelines for Setting Social and Environmental Standards v6.0. An important part of the standard setting process are two public consultation periods.

During these public consultation periods all stakeholders (industry and non-industry) can provide feedback on the draft versions of the standard.

The Steering Committee of the ASC Responsible Feed Standard welcomes feedback on this initial draft standard from all relevant stakeholders.


Public Consultation Period I:


Start date: Tuesday 30 June 2015
Closing date: Friday 11 September 2015

Consultation Documents:

  1. Initial Draft - ASC Responsible Feed Standard

Received stakeholder feedback on initial draft ASC Responsible Feed Standard:

Consultation Activities:

Next to digital outreach to stakeholders, there where also 4 regional outreach events organized to elaborate on the initial draft of the ASC Responsible Feed Standard and discuss with stakeholders on the content.

The regional workshops where organized in:

  • Bangkok (Thailand) - 4 August 2015

Find the presentation here (Thai translated)

  • Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) - 5 August 2015

Find the presentation here (Vietnamese translated)

  • Guangzhou (China) - 7 August 2015

Find the presentation here (Chinese translated)

  • Santiago (Chile) - 11 August 2015

Find the presentation here (Spanish translated)

The English version of the presentation can be found here.

Public Consultation Period II:

Start date: -to be determined-
Closing date: -to be determined-

Consultation Documents:

-Not yet available-

Received stakeholder feedback on second draft ASC Responsible Feed Standard:

-Not yet available-

Consultation Activities:

-To be determined-


Project governance & participants

The project has installed a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee (SC). Under the supervision of the SC, several Technical Working Groups (TWG) are installed. These TWGs provide expert knowledge on various topics regarding the Standard. The TWGs will be representing a balanced multi-stakeholder composition.

ASC fulfills an initiating and secretarial role within the project.

Steering Committee Members:

The current Steering Committee composition has 15 members, sharing 12 votes. Steering committee members are:

  1. Albert Tacon (Aquatic Farms)
  2. Ally Dingwall (Sainsbury's)
  3. Andrew Jackson (IFFO)
  4. Blake Lee-Harwood (Sustainable Fisheries Partnership)
  5. Dawn Purchase (Marine Conservation Society)
  6. Eduardo Goycoolea (Blumar Seafoods/GSI Partner)
  7. Karl Tore Maeland (Cermaq)
  8. Liu Yi-Sung (Grobest Vietnam)
  9. Johan Verburg (Oxfam Novib)
  10. Michael Tlustly (New England Aquarium)
  11. Niels Alsted (Biomar)
  12. Piers Hart (WWF-UK)
  13. Tor Eirik Homme (Grieg Seafood/GSI Partner)
  14. Trygve Berg-Lea (Skretting Group)
  15. Pichaiyut Tachapong (CP Thailand)

Previous Steering Committee members are:

  1. Daniel Fegan (Cargill)
  2. Michael Philips (World Fish Center)

The current composition has the following stakeholder balance:

  • 50% Industry votes / 50% Non-industry votes

Within the Responsible Feed Project, 4 Technical Working Groups (TWGs) are installed:

  1. TWG - Marine Ingredients (15 participants; 7 industry/8 non-industry)
  2. TWG - Terrestrial Plant Ingredients (15 participants; 5 industry/10 non-industry)
  3. TWG - Terrestrial Animal Ingredients (8 participants; 4 industry/4 non-industry)
  4. TWG - Feed Mill Requirements (22 participants; 13 industry/9 non-industry)


Important date(s)

Steering Committee meetings:

Next SC-meeting: 28 & 29 April 2016

  • Type: In-person meeting
  • Location: Brussel (Belgium) or Amsterdam (Netherlands) - not yet decided

***If you are interested to join a SC-meeting as an observer, please contact ASC via contact ***



Project governance documents

Project introduction

Project Terms of Reference v1.1 (updated timelines_2015-12-15)


Meeting documents

Minutes pre-inaugural meeting (October 8, 2013; Teleconference)

Minutes 1st SC-meeting (October 31, 2014, Hong Kong)

Minutes 2nd SC-meeting (January 24, 2014; Teleconference)

Minutes 3rd SC-meeting (May 9, 2014; Brussels)

Minutes 4th SC-meeting (August 11, 2014; Teleconference)

Minutes 5th SC-meeting (October 30, 2014; Vancouver)

Minutes 6th SC-Meeting (February 4, 2015; Teleconference)

Minutes 7th SC-meeting (April 23, 2015; Brussel)

Minutes 8th SC-Meeting (October 30, 2015; Vancouver)

White Papers

Marine ingredients

Terrestrial Plant ingredients

Terrestrial Animal ingredients

Micro ingredients

Supply chainFeed Mill requirements








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