ASC launched Multi-Site Methodology

Posted on August 10th 2017

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has finalised and launched the methodology for multi-site certification. The new procedure will allow companies to certify more than one farm at a time through a…

ASC Seeks Inputs on Monitoring and Evaluation Programme

Posted on July 20th 2017

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s (ASC) mission is to transform aquaculture towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility using efficient market mechanisms that create value across the chain.  To ensure the programme…

ASC Certified Tilapia Recommended by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch ® Program

Posted on July 20th 2017

With the release of a new benchmark report today, Monterey Bay Aquarium has recognised Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified tilapia as equivalent or better to their Seafood Watch yellow rating—the…

Press Release: Aquaculture Stewardship Council Salmon Recommended by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch ® Program

Posted on June 5th 2017

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is pleased to announce today that with the release of a new benchmark report, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program now recognises the ASC…

First Draft of Tropical Marine Finfish Standard Open for Public Consultation

Posted on June 1st 2017

The Tropical Marine Finfish Standard has been handed over to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and is now open for public consultation. The standard focuses…

The ASC Opens Public Consultation for Three Standards

Posted on June 1st 2017

The ASC has just launched the first of two 30-day public comment periods for three new standards-   the ASC Flatfish Standard; the ASC Sea Bass, Sea Bream and Meagre Standard;…

ASC meets Sociedad Nacional Galapagos

Posted on May 29th 2017

The Ecuadorian shrimp aquaculture company Sociedad Nacional Galapagos (SONGA) received ASC certification for its cluster farms Bonanza Farm and Roblemar Farm. The certificate was handed over to SONGA by Guillermo…

Pangasius farm Vam Nao 2 achieves ASC certification

Posted on May 22nd 2017

Vam Nao 2 has achieved certification against the ASC pangasius standard for responsible aquaculture after assessment by independent certifier Bureau Veritas. The farm is based in Vietnam’s An Giang Provence…

ASC Builds Momentum in Americas with Appointment of Peter Redmond

Posted on May 10th 2017

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) today announced that Peter Redmond has been appointed Vice President of Market Development for their operations in North America. Peter is a seafood industry veteran…

MSC and ASC welcome Lidl to discuss the power of partnerships

Posted on April 26th 2017

The MSC and ASC join leading seafood producers and buyers at the Seafood Futures Forum to discuss how partnerships are driving positive, global change and keeping seafood supplies secure. Brussels…

Completion of Standards Review, GSSI Benchmark Process Among Recent Developments at ASC

Posted on April 18th 2017

In only its seventh year of operation, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has experienced steady growth and been recognised as one of the most highly regarded certification schemes in the…

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The Aquaculture Stewardship Council Looks Forward to Seafood Expo Global

Posted on April 14th 2017

Amid a period of continued robust growth, The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is gearing up for another exciting Seafood Expo Global in Brussels from 25 to 27 April. For the…

Piscifactoria Del Alba is first to achieve ASC certification in Spain

Posted on April 13th 2017

Piscifactoria Del Alba is the first farm to gain ASC certification in Spain. The farm received the certificate after an audit performed by Acoura Marine Limited, which found the company…

First Scandinavian hotel group to offer their guests sustainable seafood

Posted on March 29th 2017

Norwegian owned Nordic Choice Hotel Group, comprised of five hotel chains, has obtained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification for all its hotel restaurants in Norway…

A Focus on Feed at the ASC Partner Update Meeting

Posted on March 20th 2017

For the fifth consecutive year, the ASC opened the second day of Seafood Expo North America with a partner update meeting. In front of an early morning audience, the ASC…

In celebration of International Women”s Day: Michelle Bluhm of Marine Harvest shares her thought on women in seafood

Posted on March 8th 2017

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) today one in two workers in the seafood…

The ASC and MSC open public consultation for the joint Seaweed Standard

Posted on March 2nd 2017

The MSC and ASC have just launched a second 60-day public consultation on the joint Seaweed standard. Interested parties are invited to view the proposed Seaweed Standard and share their…

Certified pangasius, a great choice

Posted on February 1st 2017

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council is sorry to see that a few retailers have decided to halt sales of pangasius. When farmed responsibly, and according to robust environmental and social criteria…

2017 ASC Auditor Training Courses

Posted on January 26th 2017

The ASC is glad to announce that the schedule for the 2017 ASC Auditor Training Courses is now public. For a quick overview, please visit our Auditor Training Courses 2017…

Oyster Farm is First to Gain ASC Certification in France

Posted on January 25th 2017

Huitres Favier Earl has become the first farm in France to achieve ASC certification. The French oyster producer received a cluster certification for its La Tremblade and Paimpol units. The…

A Happy Sustainable Seafood Day in Hong Kong

Posted on January 12th 2017

For the second consecutive year, the Happy Sustainable Seafood Day campaign was held during the Christmas season in Hong Kong. The campaign, which aims to increase consumer awareness of sustainable…

ASC has moved to a new temporary office

Posted on January 3rd 2017

We have moved to a new temporary office. Please see below the new address. HNK, Weg der Verenigde Naties 1 3527  KT Utrecht The Netherlands

ASC wishes you Happy Holidays

Posted on December 23rd 2016

The office will be closed from 26 to 30 December. We look forward to working with you again in the new year.

Public Comments Sought for ASC Operational Standards Review

Posted on December 14th 2016

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is seeking public comments on the draft version of the Operational Standards Review. The ASC is dedicated to measurably improving the environmental and social performance…

ASC Announces Interim Feed Solution

Posted on December 13th 2016

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has launched an Interim Solution for the marine raw material used in feed. This Interim Solution replaces the current set of requirements for marine raw…

Strong Japanese Market Support Opens Opportunities for ASC Certified Oyster

Posted on December 7th 2016

With the recent introduction of ASC certified oyster in one of Japan’s largest retail chain, Kasumi Co. Ltd., ASC certified seafood is quickly gaining popularity and wider recognition in this…

ASC welcomes the first certified farm in New Zealand

Posted on December 6th 2016

Moana New Zealand Blue Abalone has become the first farm to receive ASC certification for responsible aquaculture in New Zealand. The land-based abalone farm, located in Bream Bay in northern…

ASC Welcomes First Certified Shrimp Farm in Thailand

Posted on November 9th 2016

Best Aquaculture Partners has become the first shrimp farm to gain ASC certification in Thailand. The farm is located in the Suratthanee province and has been assessed by Control Union…

Shrimp farmer and packing plant in Ecuador recognised for its responsible aquaculture

Posted on November 3rd 2016

Today, the shrimp farmer Sociedad Nacional Galapagos (SONGA) received the official ASC certificates for its cluster farms Naturisa Farm, Josefina-Rio Nilo Farm and Camaron Camino Real Farm, as well as…

Japanese retailer Kasumi launches responsibly sourced processed oysters

Posted on November 1st 2016

One of the largest retail chains in Japan, Kasumi Co. Ltd., which operates 178 stores in the north region of Kanto Plain, has introduced certified responsibly farmed processed oysters sourced…

ASC Launches Seriola and Cobia Standard

Posted on November 1st 2016

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is pleased to announce that the Seriola and Cobia Aquaculture Dialog is complete. The final Seriola and Cobia standard is the result of more than…

ASC Appoints First Representative in Australia

Posted on September 29th 2016

Duncan Leadbitter has been appointed to lead commercial outreach and strategic growth in Australia and New Zealand and to support and promote engagement in the broader region for the ASC.…

First ASC Certified Dog Treats Launched by Tower Pet Products UK

Posted on September 22nd 2016

Tower Pet Products UK Ltd., a pet treat manufacturer, has launched the first ASC Chain of Custody certified treats for dogs. The Sea Treats Salmon Jerky dog treats were introduced…

Meet Debbie Duurzaam, promoting certified food in the Netherlands

Posted on September 15th 2016

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and WWF Netherlands are gearing up to the launch of the Fourth annual Think Fish Week campaign in the Netherlands.…

ASC announces partnership for development in China

Posted on September 14th 2016

The ASC has formed a partnership with Qingdao Tao Ran Environmental Science and Technology (Tao Ran), a professional Chinese environmental firm. The agreement will accelerate the growth of the ASC…

ASC certified seafood consumption on the rise in the Netherlands

Posted on September 5th 2016

Spending on certified seafood products with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) logo in Dutch supermarkets has increased 150 per cent in the year between 2014 and 2015, according to market…

The ASC Invites Comments on the First Phase of the Core Standard

Posted on August 22nd 2016

The ASC has published the first draft of the Core Standard methodology and is currently seeking public comment on the new approach. Public consultation period: 19 August – 19 October…

Rio 2016 serves up responsibly sourced seafood

Posted on July 30th 2016

Attendees of the Olympic and Paralympic Games will enjoy sustainably and responsibly sourced seafood, thanks to an extraordinary effort by the Rio 2016 Olympic Organizing Committee and its partners. More…

HEMA commits to certified seafood

Posted on July 14th 2016

Dutch retailer HEMA is now selling seafood from ASC certified farms using the ASC logo in their stores in the Netherlands. HEMA’s current seafood offerings include ASC certified pangasius fillets…

New ASC certified trout farm in Turkey

Posted on July 5th 2016

The Özpekler su Urunleri owned Karaçam Farm in Turkey has gained certification against the ASC trout standard for responsible aquaculture after assessment by independent certifier AGFOCERT. ”There are many reasons…

Strong focus on responsible aquaculture at Marine Harvest

Posted on June 28th 2016

Marine Harvest, the world’s largest aquaculture company, has pledged to have all its farms Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified by 2020.  A total of 43 of the company’s around 250…

Carrefour first to introduce ASC certified salmon at fresh fish counter in France

Posted on June 24th 2016

Carrefour, the second largest retailer in the world, is the first supermarket in France to introduce ASC certified salmon. The retailer recently received Chain of Custody certification, which enables them…

Park Hyatt Tokyo first hotel in Japan to receive ASC Chain of Custody certification

Posted on June 13th 2016

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is proud to announce that Park Hyatt Tokyo has become the first hotel in Japan to receive ASC Chain of Custody (CoC) certification. The Park…

Hilton Worldwide commits to responsibly sourced seafood

Posted on June 8th 2016

Hilton Worldwide is strengthening its commitment to the environment by announcing multi-year sustainable seafood goals. The commitment to sustainable seafood includes the global ban of procurement of endangered species as…

The ASC welcomes Netuno Internacional, the First Farm in Brazil to Gain ASC Certification

Posted on June 3rd 2016

Netuno Internacional has become the first farm in Brazil to gain Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certification. After an independent, third-party assessment conducted by Control Union Peru, Netuno was awarded ASC…

The University of Illinois is the first ASC Certified University in United States

Posted on May 30th 2016

The University of Illinois is leading the charge for responsibly sourced seafood in the heartland of the United States of America.    In July 2015, the University of Illinois became…

ASC invites stakeholders to comment on Group Certification methodology

Posted on May 27th 2016

The ASC has published the latest draft of the Group Certification methodology and is currently seeking public comment on the new approach. Public consultation period: 20 May – 20 June…

Arctic Fish is the first to gain ASC Certification in Iceland

Posted on May 19th 2016

Arctic Fish has become the very first aquaculture producer to achieve Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certification in Iceland. The Dyrafjordur and Önundafjordur farms, both part of Arctic Fish’s sea farm…

ASC makes waves at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels

Posted on May 3rd 2016

Last week, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) exhibited at the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels. The annual event is the world’s largest seafood trade show with more than 26,600 companies…

Honduras shrimp farms celebrate ASC certification

Posted on April 29th 2016

Finca Granjas Marinas San Bernado farm in Honduras has successfully gained certification against the ASC standard for responsible shrimp farming. The Granjas Marinas Group operated site located in Choluteca, Honduras…

ASC and MSC reveal market growth as they focus on increasing consumer demand and trust

Posted on April 27th 2016

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) today hosted an inaugural joint event at Seafood Expo Global. Seafood Futures Forum, attended by close to 400 delegates,…

ASC Releases Terms of Reference for Marine Finfish Standard Development

Posted on April 27th 2016

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has released Terms of Reference (ToR) for the development of new marine finfish standards. The announcement was made against the backdrop of Seafood Expo Global…

Marine Harvest First to Feature New ASC Marketing Toolkit at Seafood Expo Global

Posted on April 26th 2016

To celebrate the official launch of the ASC Marketing Toolkit, the Marine Harvest Group is the first ASC partner to use elements from the new ASC materials at their booth…

Jersey Oyster Companies Enjoy Success One Year on From Certification

Posted on April 13th 2016

In the year since earning Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification, two Jersey-based oyster farms in the Channel Islands- Jersey Oyster Company and Jersey Sea Farms- are enjoying export sales of…

Five years after Tsunami, Miyagi Prefecture Fisheries Cooperative Oyster farms celebrate ASC certification

Posted on April 11th 2016

Just five years after the east coast of Japan was devastated by a tsunami, the Miyagi Prefecture Fisheries are stronger than ever and celebrating a major milestone. The Shizugawa Branch…

Brakes offers ASC certified prawns to its 50,000 customers

Posted on April 4th 2016

Brakes Group has become the first foodservice supplier to introduce Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified prawns in the UK. Launched at the end of March, Brakes’ new ASC certified warm…

ASI Fee Schedule introduces new sub-scope model for ASC Farm Accreditation

Posted on March 31st 2016

With the new ASI Fee Schedule in effect as of 1 March 2016, all ASC Standards which were previously managed as individual scopes have become sub-scopes. This simplifies the process…

World Wildlife Fund for Nature and Albert Heijn Celebrate Major Conservation Milestone

Posted on March 31st 2016

Through an innovative partnership with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Albert Heijn has reached a major milestone in their programme to promote global resource conservation. After four years…

Responsible aquaculture in the spotlight at Mexican trout farmers” congress

Posted on March 23rd 2016

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Latin America Manager Laurent Viguie has presented at the 4th National Trout Farmers Association Congress in the State of Michoacán, Mexico. The annual event drew participation…

Taylor Shellfish First Farm in U.S. to Achieve ASC Certification

Posted on March 7th 2016

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) announced that Taylor Shellfish Farms has become the first U.S. grower to achieve responsible aquaculture certification for their farming operation in Washington State. The Shelton,…

MSC and ASC collaborate to set global standard for seaweed

Posted on March 1st 2016

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) are working together to create a joint global standard for certifying seaweed operations. The collaboration offers the unique opportunity to…

ASC Presents Auditor Training Courses for 2016

Posted on February 25th 2016

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has released its auditor training schedule for 2016. The schedule includes a varied programme of courses available across three continents to meet the surging demand…

More ASC labelled products are launched in China

Posted on February 24th 2016

KLG Fine Foods, the Hong Kong based supplier of responsibly farmed seafood, has launched its first ASC labelled Fish Monk pangasius and shrimp products in China. The first certified products,…

Nova Austral Achieves ASC Certification

Posted on February 18th 2016

Chilean salmon producer Nova Austral has achieved Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification. This certification is the first for a Nova Austral farm. The company raises salmon in the remote Magellan…

ASC Cooks up Interest in Independent Restaurant Pilot At Bremen Fish International

Posted on February 16th 2016

At the Bremen International Fish show, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) andMarine Stewardship Council (MSC) highlighted the benefits of a joint pilot project to streamline access to the ASC and…

First German Trout Farm to Achieve ASC Certification Recognised at Fish International in Bremen

Posted on February 15th 2016

Heidefisch farm has become the first trout farm in Germany to achieve Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification against the ASC Freshwater Trout Standard. The farm, owned by the Winkelmann family,…

Follow the Journey of Lerøy Salmon From Farm to Fork

Posted on February 10th 2016

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has collaborated with Lerøy Seafood on a short film highlighting the key benefits of certification. In the feature, Renate Larsen, Managing Director of Lerøy Aurora,…

ASC Appoints Four New Members to Supervisory Board

Posted on February 8th 2016

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is pleased to announce that Aldin Hilbrands, Meghan Jeans, Scott Nichols, and Ling Cao have joined the ASC Supervisory Board. “I’m excited that Ling, Scott,…

Royal Caribbean signs global partnership with World Wildlife Fund to support responsible aquaculture and ocean conservation

Posted on February 3rd 2016

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have signed a five-year global partnership to help protect our oceans ­­-  setting out a commitment to source ASC…

Social Responsibility Tops ASC Agenda at Seaweb Conference

Posted on February 3rd 2016

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Standards & Certification Coordinator Iain Pollard gave attendees at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Malta an overview of the social welfare provisions in the ASC standards…

Multi-site certification methodology is out for public consultation

Posted on February 1st 2016

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has launched a 30-day public consultation for multi-site certification methodology. Stakeholders are invited to have their say during a public comment period that runs between…

Excitement mounts as Bremen Fish International show 2016 approaches

Posted on January 29th 2016

The ASC is set to serve up an exciting menu for visitors to the Fish International Seafood Show 2016, to be held 14-16 February in Bremen, Germany. Held biennially, Fish…

EcoFish Partners with the ASC

Posted on January 27th 2016

EcoFish announced today its successful certification by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) for chain of custody.  Chain of Custody (CoC) certification assures that ASC certified seafood delivered to supply chain…

First Abalone farm in South Africa achieves ASC certification

Posted on January 22nd 2016

The Irvin & Johnson Ltd Danger Point Abalone farm has become the first abalone farm in South Africa to achieve certification against the ASC Abalone Standard for responsible aquaculture. The…

First Recirculated Aquaculture System Farm in Poland Achieves ASC Certification

Posted on January 14th 2016

Global Fish in central Poland has become the first recirculated aquaculture system (RAS) tilapia farm to achieve Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification by a third party certifier to the ASC…

ASC’s journey to 200 certified farms shows global commitment to responsible aquaculture

Posted on January 11th 2016

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is proud to announce that more than 200 farms have achieved ASC certification in 24 countries. Three bivalve farms belonging to Ria Austral South America…

Seasons Greetings!

Posted on December 24th 2015

The ASC offices will be closed from 24 December until 4 January, 2016.

ASC certified seafood in focus at Dutch Christmas festival

Posted on December 23rd 2015

The Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn organised its first Christmas festival this year. Held at the Railway Museum in Utrecht over three days, more than 30,000 people visited the museum to…

First tilapia farm in Belize certified to ASC standard

Posted on December 21st 2015

The first tilapia farm in Belize has become ASC certified. The Fein Catch tilapia farm is the first of its kind in Belize to gain certification against the ASC Tilapia…

Lidl Germany unveils ambitious goal for our oceans and fish resources

Posted on December 18th 2015

Lidl Germany plans to only sell MSC labeled fresh and frozen products in the permanent assortment from 2017 onwards; from 2018 all farmed fish sold in the permanent assortment will…

AEON launches ASC certified shrimp product in Japan

Posted on December 17th 2015

Just in time for the festive season, leading Japanese retailer AEON has made ASC certified responsibly farmed shrimp products available across all its retail stores nationwide. AEON’s own-brand of Green…

ASC announces terms of reference for group certification and new pilots

Posted on December 16th 2015

Today, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) published two Terms of Reference (ToR) for the group certification project and associated pilot audits. Under group certification, farmers will come together to implement…

Australian abalone the first of its kind to receive ASC certification

Posted on December 9th 2015

In a world first, Jade Tiger Abalone’s Indented Head abalone farm has been recognized for environmental and social responsibility by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). Indented Head is the first…

ASC releases revised Certification and Accreditation Requirements (CAR)

Posted on December 2nd 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has reached a major milestone with the release of its updated Certification and Accreditation Requirements (CAR). The new version comes into operation on 1 December…

ASC draft audit manual for seriola and cobia standard is set for on-farm testing

Posted on November 24th 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has prepared the draft audit manual for the seriola and cobia standard ready for pilot testing from early next year. The pilot tests will enable…

Rabobank and the EIB encourage SMEs and midcaps to make sustainable investments

Posted on November 24th 2015

Today, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Rabobank announced that they are introducing an impact loan to encourage Dutch business owners (SMEs and midcaps) to make sustainable investments. See full…

Woolworths Launches First Private Label ASC Certified Fish in South Africa

Posted on November 20th 2015

Leading South African retailer, Woolworths, has achieved a significant milestone with the launch of its new range of ASC certified responsibly farmed fish. Worthworths is launching its private label ASC…

ASC seeks feedback on three reports in response to operational review

Posted on November 9th 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) invites public feedback on new papers outlining recommendations to improve the ASC Salmon and Tilapia standards. Consultation closes on Sunday, 6 December 2015. The three…

First Chinese farms earn ASC certification

Posted on November 3rd 2015

Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest tilapia farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co Ltd have become the first Chinese farms to achieve Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification. This landmark achievement reflects the pioneering…

Three short films on Belizean pioneers in responsible shrimp aquaculture

Posted on October 27th 2015

Eight Belize shrimp farms earned ASC certification earlier this year. Watch this series of three short films to find out more about how they are leading the way for shrimp…

WA commits to aquaculture certification

Posted on October 26th 2015

Western Australia is playing host to the Seafood Directions 2015 conference. The WA Government is working with the aquaculture industry to promote growth, sustainability and profitability as world demand for farmed…

Coles makes wave of change in sustainable seafood

Posted on October 22nd 2015

Coles is the first major supermarket in Australia to introduce MSC and ASC certified seafood in their deli. Australians can now buy ASC responsibly farmed and MSC sustainably caught and traceable…

Retailer Yata promotes ASC certified seafood in Hong Kong

Posted on October 6th 2015

To mark its commitment to responsible seafood sourcing, retailer YATA in collaboration with KLG Fine Food will run a promotional campaign in Hong Kong from 6 October to 2 November…

IKEA makes responsibly produced seafood available to over 600 million customers

Posted on September 22nd 2015

IKEA today announces that seafood sold and served in its stores comes from sustainable and responsible sources. The IKEA commitment to ASC and MSC certified seafood marks the next step…

Dutch retailers promote certified seafood for Think Fish Week

Posted on September 22nd 2015

The Think Fish campaign in the Netherlands takes place all this week. Many events are happening across the country to help Dutch consumers understand the importance of sustainably caught or…

First Scandinavian hotel chain introducing ASC certified seafood

Posted on September 10th 2015

Nordic Choice Hotels has become the first hotel chain in Scandinavia to offer ASC certified seafood to their guests. © Linda Sörnäs One of the chain’s flagship hotels, the Japanese…

First Think Fish Week in Belgium: supporting consumers to choose certified seafood

Posted on September 7th 2015

Today saw the launch of the first Think Fish Week in Belgium (7-13 September 2015). Over the week consumers will be encouraged to choose MSC or ASC certified seafood. Think…

AEON aims to increase sales of ASC certified seafood in Japan

Posted on September 2nd 2015

AEON, Japan’s largest retailer, has announced its plans to increase the volume of Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified seafood available across its stores.  At a press event in Tokyo, Ms…

MSC piloting innovative seafood traceability tool

Posted on August 25th 2015

The world’s leading sustainable seafood certification program is exploring new ways for additional protection from seafood fraud in its supply chain. Over the past two years the MSC has been…

First trout farm in Turkey certified to ASC standard

Posted on August 4th 2015

The first trout farm in Turkey has become certified against the ASC Trout Standard for responsible aquaculture. Two sites of the Gümüşdoğa su Ürünleri Üretim İhracat ve İthalat farm have…

European consumers report positive associations with ASC logo

Posted on July 29th 2015

A recent study by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) into recognition of and positive associations with its consumer logo has shown that the organisation is on track with its programme…

ASC opens consultation on its Certification and Accreditation Requirements

Posted on July 17th 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) today launched a public consultation on its Certification and Accreditation Requirements (CAR). The consultation will be open for four weeks, from 17 July until 14…

ASC opens first round of public consultation on Responsible Feed Standard

Posted on June 30th 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) today opens the first round of public consultation on the initial draft of its Responsible Feed Standard. The consultation will close on Friday, 11 September…

MSC and ASC sign MOU and commit to explore further opportunities to add value to partners

Posted on June 24th 2015

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) furthering their collaboration and commitment to find additional efficiencies and added value for…

ASC and D-Fish join forces to promote responsible aquaculture in Vietnam

Posted on June 22nd 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Vietnamese Directorate of Fisheries (D-Fish) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) pledging to work together to promote responsible aquaculture in Vietnam through a…

Albert Heijn switches to ASC certified salmon

Posted on June 9th 2015

Albert Heijn is switching to ASC certified farmed salmon, this month, which means its customers can now enjoy their salmon in the secure knowledge that it comes from salmon farms…

Global Salmon Initiative Launches Sustainability Report

Posted on June 5th 2015

The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) today launched its inaugural Sustainability Report at the Economist’s World Ocean Summit 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. (full GSI press release) The landmark report showcases key…

More than 2,500 ASC labelled products in the market

Posted on May 21st 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) celebrates the market introduction of the 2,500th ASC labelled product coming from Queens in the Netherlands. ASC labelled shrimp introduced by Queens is the first…

Helping restaurants use the ASC logo on menus

Posted on May 4th 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is pleased to launch guidelines for restaurants and caterers who would like to use the ASC logo on their menus. While in Germany, Austria and…

ASC and GLOBALG.A.P. combined audit checklists available

Posted on May 1st 2015

To deliver further value to farmers, and in line with demand from retailers, ASC and GLOBALG.A.P. have launched their first combined audit checklists for their farm certification audits. Initially these…

ASC achieves full ISEAL Membership

Posted on April 28th 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has been accepted as a full member of the ISEAL Alliance. This means that ASC is in full compliance with ISEAL’s Standard-Setting Code. ISEAL is…

Belize shrimp growers achieve ASC certification

Posted on April 23rd 2015

Five Belize shrimp farms have been awarded Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification. The Belize Shrimp Grower Association members have achieved certification against the global science-based ASC Shrimp Standard as responsible…

ASC”s fifth anniversary marks certified production and labelled product milestone

Posted on April 22nd 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) celebrated its fifth anniversary yesterday at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels. The ASC came together with its partners and supporters to recognise half a decade…

ASC, GAA and GLOBALG.A.P. pilot combined audit checklists

Posted on April 22nd 2015

To increase audit efficiency, three leading aquaculture certification programmes, ASC, BAP and GLOBALG.A.P. have now drafted and agreed combined checklists for farms that seek more than one certificate. A combined…

ASC discusses the risks and challenges in aquaculture

Posted on April 22nd 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) led a discussion on the challenges faced by the aquaculture industry yesterday at Seafood Expo Global. A panel of industry representatives discussed the pivotal issues…

ASC”s CEO to speak at Responsible Business Forum in Hanoi

Posted on April 13th 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council has partnered with Global Initiatives for the 2nd Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture. The Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture, which will be…

Los Fiordos seeks ASC certification for 100% of its salmon production

Posted on March 23rd 2015

Chilean salmon producer Los Fiordos has agreed to enter its entire salmon production for assessment against the ASC Salmon Standard. Los Fiordos signed an agreement with the World Wildlife Fund…

World”s first ASC certified scallops set to hit the market

Posted on March 19th 2015

AcuaPesca Group is the first bivalve farm to offer its customers ASC certified scallops. The Peru-based business achieved the coveted ASC certification this week for five of its scallop farms…

Bakkafrost becomes the first ASC certified farm in the Faroe Islands

Posted on March 18th 2015

Bakkafrost’s salmon farm in Gøtuvík earned Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification against ASC’s robust Salmon Standard last week. This makes Bakkafrost’s  Gøtuvík farm the first farm in the Faroe Islands…

ASC helping to transform aquaculture in the State of Rio de Janeiro

Posted on March 17th 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council has launched a new film ‘Transforming Aquaculture in the State of Rio de Janeiro’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAjsATfEpUc. The film supports the efforts of the State of Rio de…

ASC opens consultation on operational review of three standards

Posted on March 16th 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) today launched a public consultation on its proposal for improving its pangasius, tilapia and salmon standards. The consultation will close on 15 April 2015. This…

ASC discusses what drives change in aquaculture

Posted on March 16th 2015

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) brought together a distinguished panel for this year’s Seafood Expo North America to join in the discussion on what drives environmental and social responsibility in…

Helping Swedish seafood consumer make responsible choices

Posted on March 12th 2015

Swedish seafood shoppers can now easily enjoy responsibly farmed fish thanks to the updated Swedish Seafood Guide 2015. For the first time the guide includes ASC certified responsibly farmed shrimp,…

First oyster farm certified against ASC Bivalves Standard

Posted on March 3rd 2015

The Jersey Oyster Company has become the first oyster farm in the world to meet the ASC standard for responsible bivalve aquaculture. “I am delighted to welcome Jersey Oyster Company…

Hilton Singapore is the first hotel in Asia to serve ASC and MSC certified dishes

Posted on March 3rd 2015

Hilton Singapore today announced that it is the first hotel in Asia to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Chain of Custody certifications. As a MSC-…

Good Fish Guide helps consumers choose responsibly farmed seafood

Posted on February 24th 2015

Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s (ASC) certified responsibly farmed seafood has been introduced in a recently launched Marine Conservation Society (MCS) fish guide. This month the MCS published its new pocket size…

New seafood traceability standard caters to restaurants, fishmongers and fresh fish counters

Posted on February 20th 2015

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has revised its requirements for seafood suppliers, processors and vendors. Following feedback from over 200 stakeholders around the world, the MSC’s Chain of Custody Standard…

ASC helps salmon aquaculture towards sustainability goal

Posted on February 17th 2015

50 salmon farms engaged with ASC salmon programme The Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s (ASC) salmon certification programme continues to grow steadily since its launch in summer 2012. In less than three…

Seriola and Cobia Standard handed over to ASC

Posted on February 12th 2015

The Seriola and Cobia Standard was handed over to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) by the Seriola and Cobia Aquaculture Dialogue last week. This marks another major milestone for the…

ASC launches microsites in French and Chinese

Posted on February 2nd 2015

The ASC has launched two additional microsites in French and Chinese. The two new sites join the already existing microsites in German, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese, which were introduced last…

First salmon farm in North America gains ASC certification

Posted on January 22nd 2015

The first salmon farm in North America has become certified against the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Salmon Standard for responsible aquaculture. Marine Harvest Canada’s Marsh Bay Farm in British Colombia…

First discounter in Germany introducing ASC certified shrimp

Posted on January 13th 2015

PENNY, the discount subsidiary of REWE Group, is the first German discounter to introduce ASC certified responsibly farmed shrimp. The ASC labelled Fish & More shrimp is available in around…

ASC auditor training courses 2015

Posted on January 7th 2015

ASC has organised auditor training courses for six of its standards covering bivalve, pangasius, salmon, shrimp, tilapia and trout. Successful participation is a mandatory requirement to become an accredited auditor.…

Harmonising the ASC Standards

Posted on December 17th 2014

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) will start a project to harmonise the structure and content of its eight farm standards to create one core ASC Standard. It will achieve this by…

More than 100 farms transforming aquaculture towards sustainability

Posted on December 16th 2014

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has welcomed more than one hundred certified farms into its certification programme in just over two years. And, in the last year alone it’s seen…

First ASC certified shrimp on sale in Belgium

Posted on December 15th 2014

The first Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified shrimp has been launched in Belgium by Morubel, which supplies their shrimp to the Colruyt Group. From last weekend, Colruyt has offered responsibly…

First ASC certified shrimp launched by Coop Switzerland

Posted on December 10th 2014

Coop Switzerland became the first retailer to introduce ASC certified responsibly farmed shrimp. Since the end of November, Coop CH has offered ASC labelled shrimp in 800 stores across Switzerland.…

The first ASC certified shrimp products available

Posted on December 2nd 2014

The first Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified shrimp products have been launched to the market. ASC certified shrimp will be available across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden. Early suppliers…

First Italian trout farms ASC certified

Posted on November 24th 2014

More ASC certified trout soon in the market The first ASC certified producers in Italy have gained ASC certification. Three trout farms in the central Italian regions of Umbria and…

First ASC certified Australian salmon producer brings more responsible salmon to market

Posted on November 15th 2014

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) congratulates Tasmanian salmon producer Tassal on achieving ASC certification for all of their salmon farming operations. Tassal’s Macquarie Harbour Farm was awarded ASC certification back…

BINCA works with Thadimexco to help it become the first ASC certified Black Tiger shrimp farm in Vietnam

Posted on November 10th 2014

In the Ca Mau Province of southern Vietnam, BINCA in cooperation with its partner Thadimexco, has established the country´s first ASC certified Black Tiger shrimp farm. Thadimexco’s Thanh Doan farms…

First Swiss retailer offers ASC certified smoked salmon

Posted on November 6th 2014

Migros is the first Swiss retailer to offer ASC certified responsibly produced smoked salmon. The salmon comes from the ASC certified Lerøy Aurora farms located in the rugged cliffs and…

Woolworths commits to sourcing ASC certified seafood

Posted on October 28th 2014

Leading South African retailer, Woolworths, has pledged to source their farmed seafood from sustainable and responsible operations by 2020. Woolworths has joined a growing number of businesses making formal commitments…

First oyster farms assessed against ASC standard

Posted on October 22nd 2014

Three oyster farms have become the first in the world to enter assessment against the ASC Bivalves Standard for responsible aquaculture. Jersey Sea Farms, Jersey Oyster Ltd and Seymour Oysters,…

First ASC certified shrimp from Asia set to hit the market soon

Posted on October 21st 2014

Quoc Viet is the first Asian shrimp farm to announce Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification following assessment against the ASC Shrimp Standard. The family business, which started in 1996, was…

Helping Latvian seafood consumers choose responsibly

Posted on October 13th 2014

Latvian seafood guide introduces ASC for the first time Seafood shoppers in Latvia can now choose responsibly farmed fish easily with the help of the new edition of the Latvian…

ASC congratulates first ASC certified shrimp farm in the world

Posted on October 1st 2014

Family-owned shrimp exporting company OMARSA, based in Ecuador, is the first shrimp producer to gain Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification. OMARSA’s Camaronera Cachugran, Camaronera Chongon and Camaronera Puna sites were…

Hyatt Hotels commits to ASC certified seafood

Posted on September 18th 2014

Hyatt Hotels has made a commitment to source ASC certified seafood as part of a major global initiative to source seafood responsibly. As part of the effort to responsibly source…

Dutch retail promote certified seafood during Think Fish Week

Posted on September 8th 2014

Dutch retailers are promoting responsible seafood during the second Think Fish Week. In almost all stores across the Netherlands, customers can easily make a responsible choice for MSC or ASC…

Experts come together to develop ASC Feed Standard

Posted on September 8th 2014

Last week around 50 experts met for the first time in Amsterdam demonstrating that together industry will help ensure a responsible future for the production of fish feed. Experts in…

Five short films: bringing about change with ASC certification

Posted on September 2nd 2014

Fish lovers can find out more about the ASC programme through a series of short films that take a look at ASC certified pangasius farming and explain what the ASC…

ASC Feed Standard inaugural TWG meeting

Posted on August 28th 2014

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s (ASC) Responsible Feed Project’s participants will come together next week for the first technical working group briefing. Over the last few months ASC has been recruiting…

Keeping you up-to-date on the ASC programme

Posted on August 26th 2014

ASC is providing more opportunities for you to stay up-to-date with what’s going on in the ASC programme. Sign up for the monthly ASC certification update By signing up to…

Northern Chef first to offer ASC certified tilapia in the United States

Posted on August 22nd 2014

Seafood consumers in the United States (US) can now enjoy responsibly farmed tilapia that has been certified to the ASC standard for responsible aquaculture. Tai Foong USA is the first…

Spearheading global responsible aquaculture

Posted on August 18th 2014

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has proudly announced that more than 1000 products carrying the ASC logo are now available across 37 countries. This milestone was reached in just over…

First ASC certified pangasius now available in Hong Kong

Posted on August 14th 2014

Seafood shoppers in Hong Kong can now buy ASC certified fish in their local supermarket following Market Place by Jasons’ launch of ASC labelled responsibly farmed pangasius in their stores.…

Realising the opportunities for ASC certified shrimp

Posted on August 7th 2014

Today at Vietfish the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC); WWF, the international conservation organisation; and IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative, in partnership with Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP)…

Proudly promoting ASC certified pangasius

Posted on August 6th 2014

ASC certified GODACO farm, in Vietnam, opened its doors to fish buyers this week to demonstrate how environmentally and socially responsible pangasius is produced. The EU co-funded ‘Establishing a Sustainable…

Migros launches the first ASC certified trout product

Posted on July 28th 2014

Migros is the first retailer globally to offer customers ASC certified trout. Migros, Switzerland’s largest retail company, now offers customers two smoked trout fillet products under the Migros M Classic…

ASC Products gaining ground in Europe

Posted on July 24th 2014

ASC certified products are growing in recognition and popularity in the Dutch market, and gaining ground in Germany, according to a new report commissioned by the organisation. The research, undertaken…

REWE increases selection of ASC certified products

Posted on July 15th 2014

REWE is increasing its range of ASC labelled seafood with the introduction of its Goldlocke product, which is made from ASC certified tilapia. REWE, one of the largest German supermarket…

Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Guide helps consumers choose responsibly farmed fish

Posted on July 9th 2014

Seafood consumers in Hong Kong can now enjoy shopping for responsibly farmed fish with the help of the latest edition of the Sustainable Seafood Guide. For the first time, the…

ASC certified trout soon in the market

Posted on July 7th 2014

Danforel’s Christiansminde Freshwater Farm in Denmark has become the first farm certified to the ASC Freshwater Trout Standard for responsible aquaculture. “The certification of the first freshwater trout farm this…

Fund helps Belize shrimp farms in bid to meet ASC standard

Posted on June 25th 2014

Thanks to funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), the Belize Shrimp Growers’ Association is preparing member farms for Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) assessment.…

ASC auditor training courses second half 2014

Posted on June 25th 2014

ASC is organising auditor training for five of its standards species – abalone, bivalves, pangasius, salmon and tilapia – during the second half of 2014 across different countries. Successful participation…

Joint statement: responsibility in fish feed production

Posted on June 24th 2014

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and GLOBALG.A.P. have been working together for the last year to help bring about environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture. Current scope…

ASC certified tilapia in the spotlight during Asian Sustainable Seafood Festival

Posted on June 19th 2014

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified responsibly farmed tilapia was in the spotlight during a visit to tilapia farm, Trapia Malaysia, last week. The visit to the farm, located at Lake…

ASC certified pangasius now available in Japan

Posted on June 6th 2014

AEON and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Japan hosted a launch event in Tokyo yesterday to celebrate that ASC certified pangasius is now available in AEON stores throughout Japan.…

Dutch consumers are buying more sustainable food than before

Posted on June 5th 2014

The sales of food produced in an environmentally and animal friendly way rose by over 10% in 2013 compared to the year before. Total spending in the Netherlands was 2.5…

First shrimp farm enters ASC assessment

Posted on June 4th 2014

Shrimp producer, Quoc Viet, has become the first farm to enter into assessment against the ASC Shrimp Standard for well-managed and responsible farms.  If successful, Quoc Viet will be eligible…

More ASC certified salmon soon available in the market

Posted on May 12th 2014

Lerøy Seafood Group and Bureau Veritas hosted a joint ceremony at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels last week to celebrate that three Lerøy Aurora farms have been certified against the…

Sharing the goal of responsible aquaculture

Posted on May 8th 2014

Today the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and GLOBALG.A.P. came together to develop the next steps towards achieving efficiencies across the three programmes. A year on since…

Working together to drive improvements in aquaculture

Posted on May 7th 2014

Today at Seafood Expo Global the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) shared a stage with WWF, the Vietnamese shrimp processor Quoc Viet, and trader Anova Seafood to demonstrate how working together…

Exploring the value of responsible salmon in Chile

Posted on May 1st 2014

Key Chilean salmon producers, leading Brazilian retailers Walmart, Sam’s Club, Carrefour and Angeloni, and Gomes da Costa a major canner explored the business value of responsible salmon and the role…

First farm in Australia gains ASC certification

Posted on April 16th 2014

Tassal Operations’ Macquarie Harbour Farm has become the first farm in Australia to achieve certification against the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Standard for responsible aquaculture. Salmon produced by the Macquarie…

Peruvian scallop farm is first bivalve to enter ASC assessment

Posted on April 8th 2014

Peru-based scallop producer, AcuaPesca Group, is the first company in the world to enter assessment against the ASC Bivalve Standard. AcuaPesca is seeking ASC certification for their five scallop farms…

Raising the standard of Vietnamese pangasius

Posted on April 7th 2014

A new decree will be implemented in Vietnam in 2016 that requires all national pangasius farms and supply chain companies to be certified to the VietGAP Pangasius Standard or equivalent…

Join ASC at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels

Posted on April 7th 2014

Join the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels to take part in a shrimp standard technical workshop on Tuesday 6 May and hear about the latest…

Shrimp standard handed over to the ASC

Posted on March 27th 2014

The Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue has handed over the shrimp standard to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), following seven years of development. Now the standard is finalised, this marks a major…

ASC celebrates successful year at Seafood Expo North America

Posted on March 17th 2014

Today the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) hosted an update meeting at Boston’s Seafood Expo North America. Over 70 participants came to hear the latest news from ASC and listen to…

9th North Atlantic Seafood Forum 2014

Posted on March 13th 2014

In early March, the ASC attended the 9th North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) in Bergen. The NASF has captured quite a unique space in the seafood arena as the leading…

9th North Atlantic Seafood Forum 2014

Posted on March 12th 2014

In early March, the ASC attended the 9th North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) in Bergen. The NASF has captured quite a unique space in the seafood arena as the leading…

Loblaw introduces first ASC certified salmon to North America

Posted on March 11th 2014

Loblaw, Canada’s largest seller of seafood, will be the first food retailer in North America to offer shoppers ASC certified salmon. ASC certified products bearing the consumer label help retailers…

ASC labelled responsibly farmed fish introduced in the Finnish Fish Guide

Posted on March 10th 2014

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is pleased to announce that the Finnish Fish Guide now includes ASC labelled responsibly farmed fish for the first time. Following the Dutch, Swedish, Indonesian,…

New freshwater trout audit manual

Posted on March 5th 2014

The Audit Manual for the ASC Freshwater Trout Standard was recently approved following pilot audits and a review by ASC’s Technical Advisory Group. The audit manual provides clear guidance for…

ASC certified salmon now available in Japan

Posted on February 28th 2014

AEON, Japan’s largest retailer, is the first store in the country to sell Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified salmon. Today, AEON and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Japan hosted…

Public consultation on ASC Complaints Procedure

Posted on February 18th 2014

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s (ASC) complaints procedure can be used in cases where stakeholders may have a complaint against ASC as an organisation, the ASC’s actions or inactions. Take part…

ASC certified salmon in the spotlight at Bremen

Posted on February 10th 2014

Responsibly produced ASC certified salmon was in the spotlight at today’s ASC Update at Fish International in Bremen. The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) celebrated ASC certified salmon hitting the market with…

Increasing availability of ASC certified salmon

Posted on February 4th 2014

Lerøy Midt Hogsneset Nord Farm has become the second ASC certified salmon farm this month. Salmon from Hogsneset Nord Farm is now eligible to bear the ASC logo, clearly indicating…

Join ASC at Fish International in Bremen to celebrate ASC certified salmon

Posted on January 27th 2014

Join the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) at Fish International in Bremen to celebrate the launch of ASC certified salmon on Monday 10 February. You can also visit ASC at booth…

First salmon farm achieves ASC certification

Posted on January 9th 2014

The Villa Arctic AS Jarfjord Farm in Norway is the first salmon farm to be awarded Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification.  The farm’s ASC labelled products hit the market next…

Call for pilot partners – field testing Audit Manual for ASC Seriola/Cobia Standard

Posted on December 17th 2013

The ASC standard for Seriola / Cobia will be finalised shortly. ASC invites farms and certifier to help pilot the audit manual. Field testing the audit manual will help to…

Call for pilot partners – field testing ASC’s Group Certification Requirements for farms

Posted on December 16th 2013

An ASC technical working group is developing specific requirements for groups of farms to collectively apply for ASC certification. ASC invites farms and certifiers to register for pilot testing of…

Rio 2016 to Support MSC and ASC Certified Seafood

Posted on December 3rd 2013

The Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games today announced a comprehensive agreement to promote Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified seafood at…

ASC reaches out in China

Posted on November 26th 2013

ASC enjoyed successful participation in Asia’s largest seafood show. The event had a record attendance with 22,500 visitors from 96 countries and will become an indispensable fixture for ASC The…

ASC labelled responsibly farmed fish introduced in Belgian Fish Guide

Posted on November 18th 2013

ASC is pleased to announce that the Belgian Fish Guide for the first time will feature ASC certified tilapia and pangasius. Following the introduction of ASC labelled products in the…

Joint statement on requirements for the responsible sourcing of fishmeal and fish oil

Posted on November 14th 2013

Following the signing of a joint Memorandum of Understanding in April, ASC, Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and GlobalG.A.P. have identified common requirements for sourcing fishmeal and fish oil as the…

More than 500 ASC labelled products available to consumers

Posted on October 30th 2013

ASC labelled seafood can be found across 24 countries, with the ASC logo now reaching South Korean consumers The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) celebrates a milestone. More than 500 products…

New Audit Manual and training for bivalves

Posted on October 16th 2013

The Audit Manual for the ASC Bivalves Standard is already up and running. First Auditor Bivalves Training took place last week in Stirling, UK. © Penn Cove Shellfish, LLC The…

More than 60 auditors trained on the ASC Standards

Posted on October 7th 2013

Over 20 accredited auditors to assess farms against the ASC Standard for pangasius following the second Pangasius Auditor Training in Vietnam. Six more training sessions for others standards are planned…

Second and final public comment period opens for draft Seriola/Cobia Standard

Posted on September 21st 2013

The second draft of the global Seriola/Cobia Standard for responsible aquaculture was released for public review on 19 August 2013. This second and final comment period concludes on 19 October…

New ASC colleagues

Posted on September 16th 2013

Please join us in welcoming some new colleagues to ASC. Esther Luiten joins ASC in October as European Manager Commercial Marketing. Esther will focus on engaging commercial stakeholders with the…

First Think Fish Week: 85 per cent of Dutch supermarkets committed

Posted on September 16th 2013

Dutch consumers were encouraged to make an informed choice for responsibly farmed and sustainable wild caught fish during Think Fish Week, an initiative by the World Wide Fund for Nature…

ASC certification programme gains momentum

Posted on September 5th 2013

The ASC certification programme for responsible aquaculture has made tremendous progress this year. Last month we saw the Global Salmon Initiative, a consortium of companies representing 70 per cent of…

Sodexo to bring ASC logo to its hundreds of thousands of consumers

Posted on August 27th 2013

Sodexo Netherlands became ASC’s 100th logo licence holder in July, bringing ASC certified fish to hundreds of thousands of people. With its Better Tomorrow Plan, Sodexo commits to source sustainable…

German retailer Real helps raise farm standards

Posted on August 21st 2013

Market leader, Real Group, is the first retailer globally to offer shoppers ASC certified pangasius at its fresh fish counters, having gained ASC group chain of custody last month. In…

Working together for responsibly farmed salmon

Posted on August 15th 2013

The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) chose ASC as the leading standard today to help it meet its commitment for sustainable change. Together the ASC and GSI will work to significantly…

ASC auditor training announced

Posted on August 14th 2013

ASC will organise auditor training for seven of its standards species – abalone, bivalves, freshwater trout, pangasius, salmon, shrimp and tilapia- during the fourth quarter of 2013 worldwide. Successful participation…

Feed industry supporting responsible fishmeal

Posted on August 2nd 2013

Industry leaders came together in a drive to ensure responsible fishmeal production for the aquaculture feed industry in Asia. The fish feed industry, major retailers, farmers and leading international organisations…

ASC Pangasius Standard auditor training announced

Posted on July 26th 2013

On 25 to 27 September 2013 ASC will hold ASC Pangasius Standard auditor training in Can Tho, Vietnam. Successful participation allows certification bodies to qualify for accreditation. The training is…

Bumble Bee Foods commits to ASC certified fish

Posted on July 22nd 2013

North American consumers can now enjoy a wider choice of responsibly farmed seafood. Bumble Bee Foods, the largest seafood company in North America, has announced the launch of their new…

Dutch retailers commit to first joint MSC, ASC and WWF ‘Think Fish’ campaign

Posted on July 8th 2013

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and World Wide Fund for Nature–Netherlands (WWF-NL) have claimed the second week of September as ‘Think Fish Week’. Dutch retailers will actively promote…

Helping Chinese tilapia farming become environmentally responsible

Posted on June 26th 2013

A project to help tilapia aquaculture in China operate in a more environmentally responsible way is a step closer to realising its vision. By the end of June the first…

Queens panga and shrimp noodles first ASC and MSC labelled product in Dutch stores

Posted on June 26th 2013

Sales of responsibly-sourced seafood are on the rise in the Netherlands. Now Dutch shoppers can enjoy even more choice as the first product carrying the ASC logo for responsible aquaculture…

Help develop the ASC Feed Standard

Posted on June 19th 2013

ASC has launched a project which aims to develop the ASC Feed Standard. ASC invites experts from the aquaculture feed industry to join a working group and actively contribute to…

Growing commitments for ASC certified seafood

Posted on June 13th 2013

Availability of ASC certified seafood is set to increase in North Carolina following a commitment yesterday by grocer The Fresh Market to choose responsibly sourced seafood. The Fresh Market joins…

First Audit Against the ASC Salmon Standard

Posted on June 11th 2013

On 11 June 2013, the Bremnes Seashore AS farm in Norway became the first farm to be audited against the Salmon Standard. It will be followed by the Leroy Hydrotech…

Salmon certification program launched worldwide

Posted on June 4th 2013

At the European Seafood Exposition 2013, ASC announced that the first salmon is expected to be certified shortly. The first Salmon audit has been scheduled for 11-14 June this year…

Certification Bodies – ASC Pangasius Standard Training

Posted on June 3rd 2013

CANCELLED: Please note that this training has been cancelled. New dates to be announced. The Aquaculture Stewardship Council is providing training to auditors related to the ASC Pangasius Standard. Successful…

Marine Harvest Commits to ASC Salmon Certification Programme

Posted on May 21st 2013

Leading seafood company Marine Harvest has announced that they will certify all salmon farms against the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Salmon Standard for responsible aquaculture, making it the largest company…

ASC Tilapia Standard Training for Certification Bodies

Posted on May 21st 2013

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council is providing training to auditors related to the ASC Tilapia Standard. Successful completion of this training is a mandatory requirement of the ASC accreditation process. Interested…

ASC Hosts Popular Update Meeting at ESE 2013

Posted on April 24th 2013

Today over 100 participants attended the ASC Update meeting at the European Seafood Exposition 2013, to listen to ASC’s CEO Chris Ninnes, Mr Cui He of the China Aquatic Products…

ESE Joint Ceremony Celebrating the ASC Certification of 11 Taiwanese Tilapia Farms

Posted on April 23rd 2013

Today the ASC hosted a joint ceremony with the Taiwan Frozen Seafood Industries Association and the Taiwan Tilapia Alliance (T2A) at the European Seafood Exposition 2013, celebrating the ASC certification…

ASC, GAA and GLOBALG.A.P. Sign Deal to Work Together

Posted on April 23rd 2013

Today the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and GLOBALG.A.P. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding promising to work together to achieve greater efficiencies that will benefit…

ASC Certified Salmon on its Way to the Market

Posted on April 23rd 2013

Today the ASC announced that the first salmon is expected to be certified shortly. A growing number of independent and trained certifiers are ready to start their audits. By the…

ASC on Track for Another Successful European Seafood Exposition 2013

Posted on April 22nd 2013

On 23 – 25 April, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council will be present at the most important seafood exhibition of the world, the European Seafood Exposition (ESE) in Brussels.The highly anticipated…

ASC Market Introduction on Track

Posted on March 28th 2013

In the run-up to the most important seafood exhibition of the world, the European Seafood Exhibition, Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s CEO Chris Ninnes gives an update on where the Aquaculture Stewardship…

ASC Reaches out in North America

Posted on March 11th 2013

Boston, 11 March 2013 – Today, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) held a dedicated meeting at the International Boston Seafood Show 2013 to inform and update the North American market…

Global Seriola and Cobia Aquaculture Standards now available for public consultation

Posted on March 4th 2013

The Seriola and Cobia Aquaculture Dialogue entered its final stage on 12 February with the launch of the first of two 60-day public comment periods. As part of a diverse,…

ASC Appoints New Representative in Brazil

Posted on February 26th 2013

UTRECHT, 26 February 2013 – Today the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) announced that it has appointed Laurent Viguié as its new representative in Brazil. Viguié, who has been representing the…

Freshwater Trout Standards Handed Over to Aquaculture Stewardship Council

Posted on February 20th 2013

UTRECHT, 20 February, 2013 – The Freshwater Trout Aquaculture Dialogue has handed over the global freshwater trout standards to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). This is the sixth standard ASC…

First ASC Certified Farmed Pangasius now available

Posted on February 18th 2013

Hamburg, 18th of February 2013 – Today, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) celebrates the market launch of pangasius with its global, independent trademark for responsibly farmed seafood into Germany. After…

Invitation Auditor Training ASC Salmon Standard, 19-21 February

Posted on January 20th 2013

This first course for the ASC Salmon Standard auditor training will be held at Stirling Management Centre, Stirling, Scotland, UK. To register interested parties should fill out the application form…

Save the date notification for certifiers

Posted on January 4th 2013

ASC will organise a training for certifiers on the ASC Salmon Standard from 19 to 21 February. (exact location to be confirmed, but will be either UK or The Netherlands).…

Aquaculture Stewardship Council approved as ISEAL member

Posted on December 20th 2012

ISEAL announces the ASC as new associate member. ASC joins as an organisation whose system meets ISEAL’s entry level criteria in terms of scope, governance and practices. Associate membership reflects…

Major EU Project for ASC: Greening the Supply of Chinese Tilapia

Posted on December 10th 2012

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council has formed an alliance with two partners in China, the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA) and WWF China, to begin to tackle the…

Vietnamese pioneers for ASC responsibly farmed pangasius recognised

Posted on November 21st 2012

Today the Aquaculture Stewardship Council celebrated the achievements of the first five Vietnamese pangasius producers to gain the ASC certification for responsible aquaculture. Vinh Hoan Corporation, Vinh Quang Fisheries Corporation,…

First Farm in Americas ASC certified

Posted on November 9th 2012

The farming operation of Tropical Aquaculture in  Ecuador, Aquamar, has been awarded with the ASC certificate for their responsible farmed tilapia. Aquamar  is the first tilapia farm in the Americas…

ASC Technical Advisory Group elects new chair, vice chair and Supervisory Board members

Posted on October 4th 2012

Members of ASC’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) elected a new chair and vice-chair during their recent meeting on 26 to 27 September in London. Peter Cook from the University of…

First responsibly farmed pangasius with ASC label now available in the Netherlands

Posted on September 21st 2012

From 21 September, pangasius products with the independent quality mark of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) for responsibly farmed fish are for sale in the Netherlands. Following the launch of…

Vinh Hoan awarded first ASC certificate for responsible Pangasius farming

Posted on September 17th 2012

The first ASC certificate for responsible Pangasius farming has been awarded to Vinh Hoan’s Tan Hoa farm in Vietnam on September 11. After a robust and inclusive process, an important…

ASC takes part in popular session about the Future of Seafood Ecolabelling and Certification

Posted on September 5th 2012

On 5 September, 2012, ASC took part in the Future of Seafood Ecolabelling and Certification seminar, a pre-summit workshop that was part of the Hong Kong Seafood Summit programme. ASC’s…

Third Fish Farm ASC Certified

Posted on August 28th 2012

On 28 August 2012, the Wadas Lingtang Farm (Java, Indonesia) operated by the Regal Springs Group became the third fish farm to obtain the ASC certification for responsible aquaculture. This…

ASC celebrates launch of first ASC certified Tilapia with successful event in Amsterdam

Posted on August 22nd 2012

On August 20 2011, ASC celebrated its highly anticipated market launch of the first ASC certified farmed tilapia at the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The event was a…

First ASC Certified Farmed Tilapia Now Available

Posted on August 20th 2012

On August 20, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) celebrated the market launch of its global, independent trademark for responsibly farmed seafood. Tilapia from Indonesia is the first farmed fish to…

First fish farms ASC certified

Posted on August 16th 2012

On 15 August 2012 the first ASC-certificates were handed to PT Aquafarm Nusantara (Regal Springs Group) for two farm locations: Toba Farm (Sumatra) and Kedung Ombo (Java). These tilapia farms…

First certifier accredited for ASC-certification for fish farms

Posted on August 14th 2012

Today it was announced that Swiss headquartered certification body IMO is the first to be accredited to certify fish farms against the ASC Tilapia Standard. This standard for responsible aquaculture…

ASC Aquaculture Newsflash August

Posted on August 10th 2012

ASC Aquaculture Newsflash for August is out now! Download it and read more about all achievements that the ASC has achieved over the last couple of months. To download the…

Call for Tender: the development of the ASC”s auditor training programme

Posted on August 7th 2012

On the 7th of August the ASC launched a call for tenders from suitably qualified companies to develop the ASC auditor training programme. Further details can be found in the…

Salmon Standard handed over to ASC

Posted on June 13th 2012

Today the Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue handed over the global salmon standard for responsible farming to the ASC. This marks a further and major milestone for the ASC, who earlier this…

ASC Launches Accreditation for Pangasius

Posted on April 24th 2012

Today the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) launched its second[1] standard into the market with the opening of its accreditation  process for Pangasius. Certifiers can now apply to become accredited; when…

ASC’s new consumer label for responsibly farmed fish

Posted on April 17th 2012

Today, the ASC’s consumer label for responsibly farmed seafood was presented. The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) manages standards for responsible aquaculture. Products bearing the ASC label come from fish farms…

ASC Launches Accreditation for Tilapia

Posted on March 21st 2012

Today the ASC launched its first standard into the market with the opening of its accreditation process for Tilapia. Certifiers can now apply to become accredited; when successfully concluded this…

First ASC Farm audit announced for Tilapia!

Posted on February 25th 2012

The first ASC Farm audit has been announced for Tilapia. The audit is scheduled for March and will take place Indonesia. For more information and to download a list of the…

Chain of Custody Certification for ASC-certified seafood now open for accreditation

Posted on February 8th 2012

Companies that want to trade/process ASC-certified seafood products will need to be chain-of-custody certified. ASC has now opened accreditation for certifiers. Once accredited, those certifiers can be contracted by traders/processors…

Dutch supermarkets commit to responsible aquaculture

Posted on December 15th 2011

On 15th December the Dutch Retail Association (CBL) announced that supermarkets in the Netherlands will strive to only sell farmed seafood that meet the ASC standards for responsible aquaculture (or…

Responsible tilapia farming in Indonesia on Dutch television

Posted on November 11th 2011

On Sunday 13 November, at 8.30 am, the Dutch television program ‘World Business’ (Wereldzaken) will pay attention to responsible farming of tilapia in Lake Toba, Indonesia. The people of Regal…

Dutch Seafood Guide 2011/2012 refers to responsibly farmed seafood

Posted on November 11th 2011

On Friday 11th November 2011, the North Sea Foundation and WWF Netherlands will launch their fifth edition of the Dutch Seafood Guide. This latest update of the guide refers to…

ASC Aquaculture Newsflash October 2011

Posted on October 27th 2011

There has been busy times for the ASC, and this productive period is reflected in the latest ASC Aquaculture Newsflash. It contains much exciting information about the crucial steps ASC…

ASC Meets European Retail

Posted on October 12th 2011

On 23rd September 2011, the ASC hosted its first outreach meeting for European retailers at Schiphol Amsterdam airport lead by its new CEO Chris Ninnes. Twelve European retailers from Germany,…

Chris Ninnes new CEO of the ASC

Posted on July 13th 2011

Utrecht, Netherlands, July 13th 2011 – The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is very pleased to announce that Chris Ninnes will take the position of Chief Executive Officer in October 2011.…

Update Part IV

Posted on June 23rd 2011

ASC Update Part IV

1st Stakeholder Working Group open for applications

Posted on June 15th 2011

The Accreditation and Certification documents are the core of the ASC certification scheme, laying out: The ASC Accreditation Requirements for Certification Bodies that want to certify aquaculture producers and/or other…

Aquaculture Dialogue Standards handed over to the ASC

Posted on May 11th 2011

ASC also announced the timeline for certifying against the standards as well as the timeline for launching the ASC eco-label. Supervising board member Peter Hajipiers said the tilapia standards should…

Update Part III

Posted on April 19th 2011

ASC Update III

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council reaction to “The Pangasius Lie”

Posted on March 11th 2011

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council reaction to the NDR television programme Das Erste: ‘The Pangasius Lie’. The ASC note.

The ASC update II

Posted on March 8th 2011

The ASC update II.

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council gears up for Operational Phase

Posted on December 10th 2010

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) seeks nominations for the expansion of its Supervisory Board and a permanent CEO for the next phase of its development. Aquaculture will only realise its…

Last public comment period for draft shrimp standards kicks off

Posted on December 1st 2010

The final step in the process of creating global standards for responsible shrimp aquaculture began today – December 1 – when the Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue (ShAD) kicked off the last…

FRoSTA supports the Pangasius standards

Posted on November 3rd 2010

FRoSTA, the market leader for frozen meals in Germany and one of the largest producers of frozen foods in Europe, issued a statement in which they express their support for…

Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue met to start revising draft standards

Posted on November 3rd 2010

The Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue met in Saint John, New Brunswick (Canada) this week to discuss draft standards to improve the environmental and social sustainability of the salmon aquaculture industry. After…

Tilapia farm in Honduras first to be compliant with Aquaculture Dialogue Standards

Posted on October 22nd 2010

Regal Springs Tilapia farm Aquafinca in Honduras was the first aquaculture operation to be audited for compliance with the International Standards for Responsible Tilapia Aquaculture (ISRTA), which were completed last…

Global Abalone aquaculture standards completed

Posted on October 14th 2010

Global standards addressing the potential negative impacts of abalone farming on the environment and society were finalised today by the Abalone Aquaculture Dialogue, a roundtable of a broad range of…

DKSH supports the ASC

Posted on October 1st 2010

DKSH, the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia, further strengthens its commitment to sustainable seafood. DKSH’s seafood business, a part of Business Unit Performance Materials, a…

The ASC appoints ASI as their accreditation body

Posted on September 15th 2010

Today the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) announces the appointment ofAccreditation Services International (ASI) as their independent accreditation body. This demonstrates the ASC’s progress towards its core task, the management of…

Global Pangasius and Bivalve Aquaculture Standards completed

Posted on August 31st 2010

Two sets of global sustainability standards – one for pangasius farming and the other for bivalve farming – were finalised today by the Aquaculture Dialogues. They were developed over the…

Global Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue Standards released for public comment

Posted on August 3rd 2010

Draft standards to improve the environmental and social sustainability of the salmon aquaculture industry were released today for the first of two public comment periods. They are the product of…

Global Freshwater Trout Aquaculture Standards released for public comment

Posted on July 27th 2010

Draft standards that will help minimize the potential negative impact freshwater trout aquaculture can have on the environment and society were released today for the first of two public comment…

Femeg frozen seafood declares its support for the ASC

Posted on July 14th 2010

In a press release dated July 13, Femeg Produktions- und Vertriebs GmbH from Rehna, Germany, declared its support for the ASC. Femeg  is one of the leading brands for frozen…

Marks & Spencer supports the development of the ASC

Posted on July 8th 2010

Marks & Spencer, one of the United Kingdom’s leading retailers, is participating in the Aquaculture Dialogues and several of the Dialogues’ technical working groups. It also is reviewing and/or commenting…

Royal Greenland supports the development of the ASC standards

Posted on July 5th 2010

Today, Royal Greenland, one of the world’s leading groups on the seafood market, declared its support for the development of the ASC standards by the Aquaculture Dialogues. Bruno Olesen, Sales…

Last public comment period for Abalone standards kicks off

Posted on July 1st 2010

The final step in the process of creating global standards for responsible abalone farming began today, when the Abalone Aquaculture Dialogue kicked off the last public comment period for the…

COSTA supports the Aquaculture Stewardship Council

Posted on June 30th 2010

In a press release issued this week Egbert Zimmermann, Managing Director of COSTA states: “As one of the prime seafood companies in Germany we consider the activities of the ASC…

bofrost* supports and promotes the ASC standards

Posted on June 17th 2010

Bofrost*, the European market leader in the direct sales of ice-cream and deep-frozen specialities in 12 European countries, today issued a statement of support for the ASC in which they…

Dr Philip Smith at AquaVision 2010: the added value of sustainability

Posted on May 19th 2010

At the aquaculture business conference AquaVision – which will be held in Stavanger, June 7-9, 2010 – Dr Philip Smith, CEO of the ASC, will speak about ‘Added value with…

Creating Salmon Aquaculture Standards enters final stage

Posted on May 16th 2010

The final standards will address the key negative environmental and social impacts associated with salmon farming and allow for the economic viability of the industry, which produces more than 60…

Director of Standards Hired. Aquaculture Dialogue Standards handed over

Posted on April 30th 2010

The hiring of Geerts marks the end of the development phase of the ASC, overseen by Dr. Philip Smith, and the beginning of the operational phase. Geerts, who will begin…

The ASC presents its new visual identity in Brussels

Posted on April 27th 2010

On April 27, the ASC presents its new visual identity at the European Seafood Exposition. The ASC – founded by WWF and IDH (Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative) – is proud…

Global shrimp and abalone aquaculture standards released for public comment

Posted on March 2nd 2010

On March 1, 2010, the Aquaculture Dialogue standards designed to minimise the potentially negative impact shrimp and abalone aquaculture can have on the environment, farm workers and communities near aquaculture…

Pangasius standards close to finalisation

Posted on December 21st 2009

WWF Press Release: The sustainable standards for farmed pangasius are close to finalisation. December 2009 the last round for public comment started and in the spring of 2010 the standards…

Tilapia standards finalised world’s first

Posted on December 17th 2009

WWF Press Statement: Global standards for tilapia farming have been finalised. They represent the first set of completed standards produced through the Aquaculture Dialogues, a series of roundtables coordinated by…

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