Operational Review - Salmon, Pangasius, Tilapia Standards
Contact person: Iain Pollard
The goal of the ASC standards is to provide a means to measurably improve the environmental and social performance of aquaculture operations. This operational review aims to ensure continued relevance and effectiveness of the pangasius, tilapia and salmon standards in terms of inclusion of the industry best practice. It is not intended that this will be a full review of the ASC standards, rather a focussed review on areas where the effectiveness of a standard is not as anticipated during the Aquaculture Dialogues or will not deliver on the intent as set out in ASC's Theory of Change.
The operational review of the ASC Salmon, Tilapia and Pangasius standards that began in 2015 has finalised its first updates and they have been agreed by the ASC Technical Advisory Group. The ASC is dedicated to measurably improving the environmental and social performance of aquaculture producers through the use of metrics-based farm performance standards. Each farm standard undergoes periodic review to ensure their continued effectiveness and, during the most recent review period, it was determined that improvements would be made to the ASC standards for pangasius, tilapia and salmon.
The operational review ensures the continued efficacy of the standards and is focussed on areas where the performance of a standard is not as anticipated during the Aquaculture Dialogues or may not deliver on the intent as set out in ASC's Theory of Change. The most recent updates include feedback from three rounds of public comment, improvements to the requirements for salmon feed and new restrictions on the use of antibiotics. The changes have also been strengthened and improved in response to feedback received on their operational impact and effectiveness since their initial publication.
Last update: 20-04-2017
Contents of this page Project timeline & important dates
Project timeline & important dates
This is a tentative timeline of events. Changes may occur in the planning of this project.
Closed - Public Consultation on proposed updates to the ASC Salmon, Pangasius and Tilapia Standard
06 December 2016 - 06 February 2017
Based on stakeholder feedback received from the public consultations on the Terms of Reference and initial papers, the ASC has drafted sets of proposed updates to ASC Pangasius Standard, ASC Salmon Standards and the ASC Tilapia Standard. The updates aim to address stakeholder comments and at the same time resolve operational issues arising from the internal reviews of certification reports.
In addition to these papers the ASC is proposing a suite of other updates to the Standards to address other operational issues and comments raised. These are detailed in the papers provided below together with a list of items in progress that the ASC is still working on.
The consultation period will run for two months after which the ASC aims to publish the revised versions of the standards. Your comments will help to determine whether the proposed changes are viable or whether there needs to be any final amendments made to the proposals in order for the revised standards to be published. We're looking forward to your feedback.
ASC Pangasius Standard - Operational review track changes
Proposals summary - Pangasius
Closed - Public consultation on the Initial Papers for Review
05 November - 20 December 2015
Closed - Public consultation on the Terms of Reference
16 March - 15 April 2015
Consultation document: Terms of Reference (TOR)
These are the original comments on the TOR we received during the public consultation period. We also received comments on contents of the ASC Pangasius, Tilapia and Salmon Standards. Therefore we publish original comments including comments on contents of 3 standards: Pangasius Standard, Tilapia Standard and Salmon standard.