Operational Standards Review

Expected completion: August 2017 (partially, other elements to be completed after)
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.

Last update: 12-12-2016

Contents of this page

Project timeline & important dates
Public consultation

 Project timeline & important dates


This is a tentative timeline of events. Changes may occur in the planning of this project. 

Public consultation

  • 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.

Consultation documents:


ASC Pangasius Standard - Operational review track changes
Proposals summary - Pangasius

ASC Salmon Standard - Operational review track changes
Proposals summary - Salmon

ASC Tilapia Standard - Operational review track changes
Proposals summary - Tilapia

Stakeholder feedback comment form

For submitting comments, please use the last listed document - Stakeholder feedback comment form - and sent it to standards@asc-aqua.org.

  • Closed - Public consultation on the Initial Papers for Review
    05 November - 20 December 2015

Consultation documents:
Salmon Standard, Forage Fish Dependency Ratio (FFDR)

Salmon Standard, Parasiticide Treatment Index (PTI)
Tilapia Standard, Antibiotics

  • Closed - Public consultation on the Terms of Reference
    16 March - 15 April 2015

Consultation document: Terms of Reference (TOR)

Received feedback:
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.


For submitting comments, please use the last listed document - Stakeholder feedback comment form and send it to  standards@asc-aqua.org.
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