ASC Farm Standard – Principle 1

 – in development – 

The forthcoming ASC Farm Standard will be split into three principles. Principle 1 covers legal compliance, Principle 2 covers environmental impacts and Principle 3 covers social impacts.

Contact person: Michiel Fransen

The aquaculture sector is rapidly growing, and this can and is causing regulatory challenges in some regions. As a result, there can be increased risk of the industry becoming unregulated and/or that the enforcement of aquaculture legislation and regulations falls short of stakeholder expectations.

Consequently, negative impacts on the environment and societies can, and do, occur. Although regulatory compliance comes with investment costs, industries do benefit from well designed legislation and proper regulation as this creates a level playing field between business actors in the long run.

Through Principle 1, delivery of ASC’s Mission directly contributes to addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); notably SDG 8 (“Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”) and SDG 9 (“Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation”).

Embedded within ASC’s Mission of promoting responsible aquaculture, this Principle requires that certified facilities operate a legal, ethical and well managed business that assures compliance with the ASC requirements throughout the validity of a certificate.

Principle 1 cover the following criteria/topics, each with its own set of indicator/requirements

  • Possession of all necessary and valid business licenses and permits
  • Implementation of an effective management system to maintain compliance with the ASC requirements
  • Implementation of an effective traceability system to assure that only conforming products are sold as ASC certified.

What’s next?

Because the Legal and Social dimensions are closely intertwined, the proposed criteria and indicators for P1 and P3 were published together for public consultation in 2019, and will go for public consultation again in March/April 2022, after which the feedback received will be used to finalise them. P1 and P3 are scheduled for release in 2022.

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[Page last updated on 14.09.2021]

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