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.

ASC Salmon Standard_v1.1 – Showing ChangesExpected 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. 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.

Project timeline & important dates

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

Publication of Revised Tilapia and Salmon Standards

The first updates from the operational review of the ASC Salmon and Tilapia standards that began in 2015 have been finalised and agreed by the ASC Technical Advisory Group. Included below are the updated files based on the second public consultation feedback. These are the marked up standards showing the changes between versions 1.0 and 1.1.

Revised documents:

Salmon
ASC Salmon Standard – showing changes

Tilapia
ASC Tilapia Standard – showing changes

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.

  • 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

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

Last update: 20-04-2017

Closed - Public Consultation on proposed updates to the ASC Salmon, Pangasius and Tilapia Standard

Public consultation period:
06 December 2016 - 06 February 2017

Consultation documents

Consultation documents:

Pangasius
ASC Pangasius Standard - Operational review track changes
ASC Pangasius Standard_Operational Review track changes Nov16

Proposals summary - Pangasius
Pangasius OR Proposals Summary Nov16

Salmon
ASC Salmon Standard - Operational review track changes
ASC Salmon Standard Operational Review track changes Nov16

Proposals summary - Salmon
Salmon OR Proposals Summary Nov16

Tilapia
ASC Tilapia Standard - Operational review track changes
ASC Tilapia Standard Operational Review track changes Nov16.pdf

Proposals summary - Tilapia
Tilapia OR Proposals Summary Nov16.pdf

Stakeholder feedback comment form
Operational-review-2016_Comments-submision-Form-2.0.xlsx

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

Operational Review Stakeholder Feedback Synopsis
ASC operational review public comments synopsis.pdf

Rationale for revisions to the Salmon Standard Indicators 2.2.3 and 2.2.4
Rationale for revisions to the Salmon Standard Indicators 2.2.3 and 2.2.4.pdf

Public consultation period

Public consultation period:
05 November - 20 December 2015

Consultation documents

Consultation documents:

Salmon Standard, Forage Fish Dependency Ratio (FFDR)
ASC Salmon FFDR paper for public consultation 05 11 15.pdf

Salmon Standard, Parasiticide Treatment Index (PTI)
ASC Salmon PTI paper for public consultation 05 11 15.pdf

Tilapia Standard, Antibiotics
ASC Tilapia antibiotic use for public consultation 05 11 15.pdf

Closed - Public consultation on the Terms of Reference

Public consultation period:
16 March - 15 April 2015

Consultation documents

Terms of Reference (TOR)
ASC_TOR Operational Review_March201514.pdf

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.

ASC Operational Review Stakeholder Feedback - 23 06 15_20150625_TOR 3.pdf

ASC Operational Review Stakeholder Feedback - 23 06 15_20150625_Panga.pdf

ASC Operational Review Stakeholder Feedback - 23 06 15_20150625_Tilapia 2.pdf

ASC Operational Review Stakeholder Feedback -201501109_ REVISED_Tessal comment deleted_SALMON.pdf

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