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 industry players against the ASC standards for farming and/or chain of custody
- ASC Certification Methodology for Aquaculture and Chain of Custody to be applied by Certification Bodies that outlines all the steps in the certification process.
The first four standards were handed to the ASC by WWF during the recent European Seafood Exposition in Brussels, May 3: Tilapia, Pangasius, Bivalves and Abalone. Four other standards are still being developed by the Aquaculture Dialogues Salmon, Shrimp, Cobia/Seriola & Fresh Water Trout.
A good draft document has been prepared by a consultant and the ASC which now needs to be reviewed and fine tuned.
For this ASC is looking for professionals with a background in or affinity with the set up of certification schemes for responsibly produced commodities.
For more information on the Aquaculture Dialogues, see the WWF website: www.worldwildlife.org/aquadialogues.