A transparent roadmap for improvements
ASC’s ongoing commitment to transparency makes all of this information publicly available and all farm improvements verifiable. ASC is making the most of this data by developing monitoring and evaluation reports to track the progress of responsible seafood production and help others researching the industry.
ASC’s First Monitoring and Evaluation Report: Positive Impact
ASC has published its first Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) report, which uses extensive analysis of performance data and case studies from ASC certified farms to identify the impacts of the ASC programme and trends in certified farm performance around the world. The first M&E report found a number of improvements in farm performance, such as reductions in the use of wild-caught fish in feed used on farms, and improved worker protections such as health and safety training and protective equipment provision. It also highlighted the growing. reach of the ASC programme, with over 18,000 certified products in 80 countries around the world. You can download the full report here, or read a summary of the key findings on our Monitoring and Evaluation page.
Some impacts can’t be quantified, so we’ve collected a number of case studies which also demonstrate the difference that ASC certification is making around the world. These include the Japanese oyster farmers who bounced back from the devastating 2011 tsunami to improve their practices, who found that ASC certification has allowed them to inspire a new generation to join the workforce. Elsewhere, China’s first ASC certified abalone farm made improvements which have benefited the environment and also their workers. IKEA has used its huge reach to make a difference, by committing to only sell responsibly-sourced seafood in its restaurants. But with over 430 restaurants around the world, this commitment requires a close collaboration with ASC.