To learn more about the requirements for Water Use, watch the presentation narrated by Katherine Dolmage, Standards & Science Senior Research Coordinator.
If you want to read more about the specific indicators/requirements regarding this topic [Criterion 2.10: Using water responsibly and efficiently] and other information relating to the ‘Alignment’ and draft ASC Farm Standard (including specific questions part of the Stakeholder Survey), please click here.
These issues are also currently addressed within the existing ASC species Standards: all of ASC’s 11-species Standards can be found here.
Why is this an issue?
Freshwater is limited and demand for it is increasing worldwide due to a range of factors. Water use by aquaculture operators can have a direct impact on the availability of water for ecosystems, biodiversity and other human uses; as well as potentially impacting vital water flows and levels of surface water bodies. It is thus important that all aquaculture operations be aware of their water usage, and act to improve the water efficiency of their farming practices.
The source of fresh- and brackish water (e.g. surface water and ground water) and the local conditions (e.g. rainfall, sensitivity of ecosystems) can influence whether or not the utilisation of those resources is detrimental to the natural environment.
This is why the proposed ASC Farm Standard aims to ensure that the farm is aware of its water use for production and other activities and utilises water efficiently to maintain critical ecosystem services of the water source.
In the first of several indicators, the ASC Farm Standard would require in areas of “high” and “extremely high” water stress that the farm effectively implement a Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan (WCEP).
Contact person: Katherine Dolmage