World Oceans Day: Fighting Ghost Gear and Plastic Waste

Posted on June 6th 2019

This Saturday people around the globe will come together to celebrate World Oceans Day, the annual observation to help protect and conserve the world’s oceans for a better future. A…

The current state of sea lice management

Posted on April 25th 2019

By Ron Tardiff, Science and Standards Intern In order for ASC to determine whether to revise sea lice management indicators in the Salmon Standard, it is helpful to have an…

Earth Day and Easter

Posted on April 18th 2019

It’s fair to say that many people around the world will have a busy weekend of travelling and seeing family coming up. Passover begins on Friday, while many countries will…

Pacific Reef Fisheries’ Environmental Officer discusses certification and the many ways to enjoy cobia

Posted on March 17th 2019

One of the companies that’s been celebrating Sustainable Seafood Week in Australia is Pacific Reef Fisheries. Based in the small town of Ayr, Queensland, Pacific Reef Fisheries is the first…

How does ASC measure its impact? An introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation

Posted on March 12th 2019

ASC’s mission is to “transform aquaculture towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility”. Having a well-defined mission is so important – but it’s not enough on its own. Because if we…

A day in the life … Meet Vân Roetert, our head of Programme Assurance

Posted on March 8th 2019

Four years ago, Vietnamese-born Vân Roetert joined the ASC, and in May last year she set up our programme assurance team to ensure that integrity was at the forefront of…

A day in the life – meet Janneke Aelen our Standards Coordinator

Posted on February 26th 2019

Dutch born Janneke Aelen is one of our latest recruits and started working with ASC in October 2018 as a standards coordinator in the Standards and Science team. By Nicki Holmyard…

ASC salmon is a responsible and climate-friendly choice

Posted on February 18th 2019

Today is the kick-off of the Think Fish Week in France. A campaign week in which we want to make French consumers aware that they have the choice to buy…

An introduction to the Programme assurance team

Posted on January 15th 2019

In September 2018 I joined the ASC Programme Assurance (PA) team as an intern, and now that I’m acquainted with the many activities of ASC’s newest team I thought I’d…

Aquaculture – a practice with an ancient past

Posted on January 8th 2019

Aquaculture is sometimes referred to as a young industry – and while it’s true that as an industry it has really started to expand in the last three decades, the…

New tool provides accurate farm location information

Posted on January 4th 2019

What is the first information you expect to see in an ASC farm audit report? You will probably want to know what the farm produces and where the farm is…

Operational reviews: tool to ensure ongoing improvements

Posted on December 7th 2018

ASC standards are the result of an extremely thorough development process, but our programme isn’t static and we are always looking for opportunities to adapt to changes in the industry.…

Animal welfare: an important topic

Posted on December 4th 2018

In the livestock industry, animal welfare is a widely discussed topic. Multiple schemes have been created to address the strong opinions held by some consumers regarding the treatment of the…

World Food Day: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted on October 16th 2018

Do you know what’s special about today’s date? If your answer is that it’s two weeks until Halloween, you’re technically correct – but you’ve forgotten about an even more important…

01 Barton Seaver – How to Pave the Way for a Future of Delicious, Sustainable Seafood

Posted on October 8th 2018

Welcome to the first episode of Aquaculture Stewardship Council Podcast, Aqua Culture. Our first guest on the show is Barton Seaver, an author, speaker, chef and well-known figure in sustainability and the…

Innovations in the Scottish salmon industry

Posted on September 4th 2018

Scotland is known for its wild beauty, strong cultural traditions and for several stand-out signature dishes—salmon chief amongst them. Naturally, any trip to the country will always be good fun.…

ASC workshop brings together shrimp producers and retailers to share knowledge

Posted on August 10th 2018

The ASC’s theory of change aims to use market forces, generating demand for responsibly produced seafood, rewarding responsible producers and incentivising more farms to work towards the ASC’s robust standards.…

What we learned from the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report

Posted on August 6th 2018

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently published The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 (SOFIA), which as you may have guessed from the title…

Reviewing our approach to sea lice

Posted on August 2nd 2018

By Ron Tardiff, Science and Standards Intern In June, I joined the ASC as a Science and Standards Intern conducting research on best (but also worst) practices in farm siting…

Promoting biodiversity: ASC brings aquaculture expertise to UN Food and Agricultural Organisation dialogues

Posted on June 26th 2018

The ASC represented global aquaculture with a keynote speech at a multi-stakeholder dialogue on biodiversity hosted by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in May. The…

It’s World Oceans Day!

Posted on June 8th 2018

Do you ever think about the vital role oceans play for life on earth?  The oceans provide 50% of our oxygen and may be home to as much as 75-80%…

The ASC raises awareness about responsible seafood at SIAL 2018

Posted on May 24th 2018

On 16th May ASC hosted a cooking demonstration at SIAL 2018 in Shangai, China. SIAL is Asia’s largest food innovation exhibition and this year ASC attended for the first time…

GSI members have reduced medicine use, incorporated more sustainable feed

Posted on May 17th 2018

Transparency: GSI publishes Sustainability data The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) has published online in April its 5th set of (2017) sustainability data, presented per company and per region, which covers…

Bamboo Sushi becomes first restaurant in USA to feature ASC logo

Posted on April 19th 2018

Patrons of Bamboo Sushi in Oregon will be the very first to in America to order from a menu featuring the ASC logo. This mark can only be found on…

Five Things We Saw at an ASC Certified Salmon Farm in Norway

Posted on October 5th 2017

Consumers all over the world love salmon. Some  of it comes from salmon farms along the coastlines of Norway. You might have seen some documentaries on the salmon industry –…

Why Rio 2016’s Embrace of Certified Seafood is Important

Posted on August 12th 2016

There is nothing quite like the excitement of the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Every four years, we join in a global celebration and get swept up in the joy…

CELEBRATING THE FIRST ASC CERTIFIED FISHERY IN JAPAN: Some Personal Reflections by John White, Director for Development, ASC

Posted on June 30th 2016

Photo: WWF Japan I may never have met Kiyohiro Gotoh if he had not decided to have his hair cut on the afternoon of 11th March 2011.  At 2.46pm on…

What’s for dinner?

Posted on June 14th 2016

By Scott Nichols Somewhere near the middle of the century there will be 2 billion more of us on the planet. That’s a very big number of new folks to…

For the Future of the Ocean

Posted on May 30th 2016

From the time we are very young, no matter where in the world we may live, we are told of the importance of the ocean. As we grow up we…

A Day in the Life of: Standards and Certification Coordinator, Haruko Horii

Posted on May 9th 2016

My life’s journey brought me to the Netherlands six years ago. Having attained a social science degree from Hosei University in Japan, and after learning Portuguese at Macau University in…

In Celebration of Earth Day 2016

Posted on April 21st 2016

On April 22 each year, the world celebrates Earth Day. The annual event is a time to think critically about the ways our choices— both individually and collectively— affect the…

A Day in the Life of: Communications Intern Raili Laansalu

Posted on April 6th 2016

My co-students and I always joke about who brings the most coffee and does the most scanning at their internship. Well, even though coffee (drinking) and scanning take up some…

More certifiers accredited as more farms enter the ASC programme

Posted on July 30th 2015

By Kim Thanh Nguyen, ASC Trainer I have worked in the seafood industry for almost 15 years in a variety of roles, including aquaculture auditing, factory quality assurance, fishery research…

The principles behind the ASC standards

Posted on July 9th 2015

By Bas Geerts, ASC Standards Director I often get asked what the ASC programme does and doesn’t cover and why. The ASC label on products assures buyers that their seafood…

A logo, an identity

Posted on April 30th 2015

By Pasquale Comità, Communication & Social Media Intern During my studies in Business Communication, I developed a passion for logos and their capacity to convey messages, concepts and even emotions…

A foundation of credible practice

Posted on February 5th 2015

By ThanhVan Cao, ASC Senior Standards & Certification Coordinator I am relatively new to the ASC, so I still have the benefit of an ‘external’ view of the business. Currently…

Five questions about… Chain of Custody

Posted on January 9th 2015

We caught up with Leonor Fishman, Product Integrity Manager at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), to talk about the concept of Chain of Custody, why it is important, and how…

Responsible fish feed for the future of aquaculture

Posted on October 7th 2014

By Michiel Fransen, ASC’s Standards Coordinator and Secretary of the Responsible Feed Project When we try to define what responsible aquaculture means, most people usually only think of farm level…

A journey towards responsible shrimp farming in Belize

Posted on July 18th 2014

By Mauricio Mejia, WWF Central America In 2006, I met for the first time with representatives of the Belize Shrimp Growers Association to talk about what needed to be done…

ASC’s Theory of Change

Posted on July 2nd 2014

By Esther Luiten, ASC’s Commercial Manager I have been responsible for ASC’s outreach work since mid-October 2013. My primary role is to make sure that committed retail and brand companies…

Assessing a farm against the ASC standards

Posted on June 5th 2014

By Sian Morgan, Lead Auditor, SCS Global Services It’s a sweltering day in Thailand, and the earthen shrimp ponds in front of me appear surprisingly calm, given the large volume…

Raising the standards of Vietnamese shrimp aquaculture

Posted on May 12th 2014

By Elies Arps, WWF Netherlands Being Dutch, I am used to living in a densely populated country where almost all land is cultivated. Travelling to the southernmost part of Vietnam…

Working together to achieve a shared vision

Posted on April 23rd 2014

By Chris Ninnes, ASC’s CEO At a high level I believe all those involved in farming and selling seafood want to do so with lower environmental and social impacts. We…

Welcome to ASC’s blog

Posted on April 23rd 2014

The ASC has been on Twitter and LinkedIn for a little while now, however, we can’t always provide the information you need in enough detail to be helpful via these…

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