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 remains, credible, effective, and brings real benefits, we have been improving our Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system. This work is designed to help ASC better understand our impact on farmers and the environment— as well as r social impact of our programme— and to drive continuous improvement within our system.
In consultation with internal stakeholders, peers and our Technical Advisory Group, we have developed an overview and description of our system in line with the ISEAL Alliance Code of Good Practice for Assessing the Impacts of Social and Environmental Standards (Impacts Code). ISEAL is the global membership association for sustainability standards, and independently sets clear parameters that define good practices and credible standards. The ASC is the only certification scheme for aquaculture to have earned full ISEAL membership. As a full member, a certification programme must be in compliance with three distinct codes. Having met two of the codes to date, the ASC continues to engage in the process of creating a robust and fully transparent M&E process.
We are now pleased to submit the ASC M&E System report for broader input. You can read the report here and complete the short online survey by 10 August 2017. We encourage and appreciate your feedback as we strive to continuously drive positive change in the sector.