New ASC Farm Standards

Contact person: Colin Brannen

Based on the market demand for new standards, the ASC has moved forward with developing draft standards for the following species groups: Sea Bass, Sea Bream, and Meagre, Flatfish, and Tropical Marine Finfish. Building upon similarities of both farming practices and types of impacts of certain aquaculture systems, the ASC has taken a practical approach to developing these new standards; basing them on the existing multi-stakeholder derived ASC standards content.

For Flatfish and Sea Bass, Sea Bream, and Meagre, and with the help of NGO and industry partners, the ASC field-tested combinations of the existing standards that were relevant to the new species. Site visits for Sea Bass, Sea Bream, and Meagre were conducted during the early part of 2017 in Greece, Spain, Croatia, Turkey, and Japan. For Flatfish, site visits were conducted during the later part of 2016 in South Korea and China. The objective of the field-testing exercise was to identify any gaps between the existing standards content and farming practices and performance of the new species. It followed the pilot assessment approach that had been undertaken against early versions of the ASC standards and the testing of the applicability of the original ASC audit manuals. These draft standards are the result of that gap analysis and incorporate input and recommendations from NGOs and industry.

The draft Tropical Marine Finfish Standard is the culmination of a WWF Coral Triangle Aquaculture Dialogue process that began in 2013. During the three year process, almost 100 stakeholders including producers, civil society organizations, seafood buyers, scientists, academics and government representatives have participated. The draft standard was finalized after a meeting in Bali, Indonesia in December 2016. Species included in this standard are Grouper, Snapper, Barramundi, and Pompano. The standard follows closely in line with the other new draft standards and builds off of the expertise and knowledge base of the original Aquaculture Dialogues.

Public Consultation information Japanese パブリックコメント情報 日本語

Last update: 31-05-2017


Public consultation

General Information

In developing new standards, ASC 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 standards.

The ASC welcomes all feedback on these initial draft standards from all relevant stakeholders.

Public Consultation Period I:

Start Date: Wednesday 31 May 2017
Closing Date:
Friday 30 June 2017

Consultation documents:

1. Initial draft - ASC Seabass, Seabream and Meagre Standard  (Japanese 日本語)
2. Initial draft - ASC Tropical Marine Finfish Standard
3. Initial draft - ASC Flatfish Standard

Submission of comments:

Comments on all three initial draft standards can be submitted to ASC via standards@asc-aqua.org. Closing date for comments is Friday 30 June 2017.


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