ASC Farm Standard – Principle 2
– 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.
Open now: Public Consultation
8 March – 7 May 2021: 60-day Public Consultation on the draft ASC Farm Standard (Principle 2/’P2’).
Q & A sessions
We invite you to take part in one of the ASC Consultation Q and A sessions regarding topics addressed in the current Public Consultation (please read the relevant part of the draft Farm Standard first):
Q&A Webinar Topic, Dates, Registration links:
Sea Lice (Salmon Standard indicator 3.1.7 revision) and Fish Health
Monday March 29th (AM & PM)
Wildlife interaction, and Ecologically Important Habitats
Tuesday March 30th (AM & PM)
Energy Use, Water Use, and Biosolids
Wednesday March 31st (PM) & Thursday April 8th (AM)
Benthic Impacts, and Salinisation
Thursday April 1st (AM & PM)
Non-native species, & Farm Escapes
Tuesday April 6th (AM & PM)
We welcome your participation and feedback by completing the survey:
Contact person: Michiel Fransen
Aquaculture is a varied industry in terms of species cultured, production systems used and the ecosystems in which farms are sited. As a result, a wide range of impacts are identified, some relevant to practices of all farms, others to more specific situations or to certain species.
The ASC’s forthcoming Farm Standard defines these key impact areas for all main culture systems and considers specific requirements where needed. The industry, science and expectations evolve meaning some impact areas need updating as well as alignment between existing requirements in ASC’s 11 species standards.
The intended outcome of Principle 2 is that ASC certified facilities operate in an environmentally responsible manner, by ensuring that:
- The farm’s siting and operation does not impact wider ecosystem functioning
- Resource use is optimised
- Any discharged outputs do not exceed ecosystem absorption rates
- The aquatic species cultured do not harm native species and/or ecosystems
Collectively, the ‘environmental’ impacts of farm activities will be covered by the following 17 Criteria:
- Compliance with Applicable Environmental Regulations
- Ecologically Important Habitats
- Wildlife interactions
- Non-native species
- Benthic ecosystem structure and function
- Water Quality
- Salinisation of soil and groundwater
- Freshwater Use
- Energy Use
- Waste and Pollution
- Animal Welfare
- Parasites and Pathogens
- Antibiotics and Veterinary Drugs
- Hatchery, Fingerlings, Broodstock and Seed
Aligned and revised Criteria covering some of the main environmental impacts of aquaculture are now open for consultation. ASC’s Technical Advisory Group have endorsed these proposals for public consultation supported by expert technical working groups for topics where significant development was needed.
Feedback from consultations will be used to adapt the new proposals. The next round of public consultation for the remaining P2 criteria/indicators will take place in September 2021. After this feedback has been collated and reflected upon, a final round of public consultation on the complete proposed P2 will take place next year (2022) with a target to introduce the P2 requirements on farms in 2023.
[Page last updated on 08.03.2021]