• Standard
    CAR
    Effective date
    29/07/2018
    Decision by ASC
    Approved
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    Farm
    Granjas Marinas, San Bernardo
    Country
    Honduras
    Variance Request
    Extension of certificate validity due to unforeseen circumstances.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Approved - The VR is approved for this case only and shall not be used without prior consulting ASC. Given the extraordinary circumstances ASC approves of the VR for a certificate extension until the 30th of August.
  • Standard
    Salmon
    Effective date
    02/08/2019
    Decision by ASC
    Not approved
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    Farm
    Salmones Camanchaca, Pilpilehue
    Country
    Chile
    Variance Request
    To deviate from the PTI treatment plan because of rainfall decrease due to "El Niño" and the regulatory requirements for mandatory treatment.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Not approved - The ASC believes the magnitude of precipitation shortage last year is significantly different than the event recorded in 2016 (for which VR 181-182 were approved). In relation with the regulatory requirements, farms must comply with all applicable local and national legal requirements and regulations in order to comply with the requirements of Principle 1 of the ASC Salmon Standard, V1.2.
  • Standard
    Salmon
    Effective date
    02/08/2019
    Decision by ASC
    Not approved
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    Farm
    MOWI, Quitralco 6-2
    Country
    Chile
    Variance Request
    To deviate from PTI treatment plan.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Not approved - ASC believes that the magnitude of precipitation shortage last year is significantly different than the event recorded in 2016, (for which VR 181-182 were approved). In relation with the regulatory requirements, farms must comply with all applicable local and national legal requirements and regulations in order to comply with the requirements of Principle 1 of the ASC Salmon Standard, V1.2.
  • Standard
    CAR
    Effective date
    15/07/2019
    Decision by ASC
    Approved
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    Farm
    N/A
    Country
    N/A
    Variance Request
    That an auditor, David Minano, be allowed to carry out an audit on the social component of the ASC standard.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Approved. - This VR is approved for CUP - Social Auditor DAVID MIÑANO. Judging by the evidence provided, DAVID MIÑANO is a well experienced auditor and the four day Verite course is in line with ASC social auditor qualification requirements.
  • Standard
    CAR
    Effective date
    15/07/2019
    Decision by ASC
    Approved
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    Farm
    Invermar S.A. Auchac and Yatac
    Country
    Chile
    Variance Request
    To notify of an audit date less than 30 days prior to the audit.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Approved -This VR is approved for ACOURA. To make up for the missing days of the public comment period, the time to accept comments shall be extended.
  • Standard
    CAR
    Effective date
    15/07/2019
    Decision by ASC
    Not approved
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    Farm
    Cermaq, Brent Island and Venture Point
    Country
    Canada
    Variance Request
    Extension of Certificate Validity due to anticipated delay.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Not approved -This VR is not approved for SAI. Granting a VR for the anticipation of delay before the actual process has started is not possible. In case the process is delayed SAI shall make use of the Notice of delay
  • Standard
    Seabass, Seabream, Meagre
    Effective date
    24/07/2019
    Decision by ASC
    Not approved
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    Farm
    Cromaris, Kosara, Lamjana, Velo Zalo, Lim and Budava
    Country
    Croatia
    Variance Request
    That the ASC should exclude escapes as the reason for the difference in in/out numbers as dead fish are counted by dividing weight collected with average fish weight. However, some fish are decomposed before collection or cannibalised, therefore making calculations inaccurate.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Not approved - As fish populations are under pressure, esp. in the Mediterranean, negative impacts from escaped fish need to be mitigated. The ASC Seabass, Seabream and Meagre Standard seeks to address escapes of both types: noticeable and non-noticeable, demanding a farm management system to minimise escape risks and set metric limits on total allowable escapes, as well as total unexplained loss, addressing potential non-noticeable fish escapes.
  • Standard
    Seabass, Seabream, Meagre
    Effective date
    24/07/2019
    Decision by ASC
    N/A
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    Farm
    Cromaris - Lamjana, Kosara and Velo Zalo
    Country
    Croatia
    Variance Request
    That three farm sites be allowed to be situated closer than 500m to seagrass beds despite not being allowed in the ASC Sea Bass, Sea Bream and Meagre Standard.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    N/A - This is not a VR but a request for ASC to judge compliance/non-compliance of the farm performance on the indicator 2.3.3. ASC as the standard owner shall not interfere with that decision. That is CAB's mandate.
  • Standard
    CAR
    Effective date
    25/07/2019
    Decision by ASC
    N/A
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    Farm
    N/A
    Country
    N/A
    Variance Request
    That an exception be made to allow a new auditor, even though they have not participated in the required two audits of the mentioned schemes in the CAR v.2.1. However, the person has considerable experience in other social standards.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    N/A - VR is not needed due to release of Q&A79_CAR_v.2.1_Annex B,  B39
  • Standard
    CAR
    Effective date
    04/07/2019
    Decision by ASC
    N/A
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    Farm
    N/A
    Country
    N/A
    Variance Request
    That auditor, Liliana Camacho, is suitable auditor for the social components of ASC Standard based on her experience. She has observed two ASC social audits and successfully conducted a witnessed audit.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    N/A - VR is not needed anymore as the auditor will do the training end of July 2019.
  • Standard
    CAR
    Effective date
    04/07/2019
    Decision by ASC
    Approved
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    Farm
    All MOWI sites currently certified by DNV GL
    Country
    Norway
    Variance Request
    That a longer period of eight months be allowed to carry out transfer audits in a controlled way as multiple sites are involved. ASC usually requests transfer audits take place within three months.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Approved - The VR is approved for BV-DK. BV shall send an overview of planned transfers to the ASC (will not be published) and shall take into account all open surveillance audits to assure none are omitted and the client negatively affected.
  • Standard
    CAR
    Effective date
    04/07/2019
    Decision by ASC
    Approved
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    Farm
    N/A
    Country
    N/A
    Variance Request
    That an ASC Salmon auditor with auditing and professional expertise of hatcheries and RAS systems, is sufficiently competent to audit this facility (a fully RAS shrimp farm with no connection with the external environment) on a once off exception.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Approved - Given the extensive experience of the auditor mentioned, with RAS experience across different types of hatcheries, species and countries, the ASC approves this VR. The auditor may carry out audits for RAS systems across all ASC species.
  • Standard
    CAR
    Effective date
    04/07/2019
    Decision by ASC
    Approved
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    Farm
    MOWI - various sites in northern Norway
    Country
    Norway
    Variance Request
    That a longer period of eight months be allowed to carry out transfer audits in a controlled way as multiple sites are involved. ASC usually requests transfer audits take place within three months.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Approved - The VR is approved for BV-DK. BV shall send an overview of planned transfers to the ASC (will not be published) and shall take into account all open surveillance audits to assure none are omitted and the client negatively affected.
  • Standard
    CAR
    Effective date
    15/07/2019
    Decision by ASC
    Approved
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    Farm
    Kampachi México, S. de R.L. de C.V. - Aquacultivos de Cortéz
    Country
    Mexico
    Variance Request
    That ASC grant variance to allow SCS to make a certification decision and submit a report in greater than 20 days as required by C4.4.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Approved - This VR is approved for SCS in this specific case. SCS and the client contacted ASC well in advance but taking the necessary steps within ASC resulted in a delay in the process.
  • Standard
    Salmon
    Effective date
    26/06/2019
    Decision by ASC
    Not approved
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    Farm
    Nova Austral, Aracena 9
    Country
    Chile
    Variance Request
    That ASC consider applying the percentage factor out of 100% recommended on the total PTI calculation at that entire crop cycle.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Not approved - The ASC recognises an important element of an integrated pest management strategy at a farm level is to respect labeling instructions of the anti-parasiticides products used, including the dosage, thus, a % of dosage factor, as the approach used by Aracena 9 has not been included as one of the components to calculate the Parasiticide Treatment Index. Furthermore, the use of sub-doses could have negative impacts on the effectiveness of the pest management strategy implemented by a farm (i.e. development of resistance).
  • Standard
    Salmon
    Effective date
    25/06/2019
    Decision by ASC
    Not approved
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    Farm
    Tassal, MF236 Okehampton
    Country
    Australia
    Variance Request
    This VR looks to incorporate the requirements for the new Okehampton site specific Environmental Licence into the ASC assessment of the site.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Not Approved - This VR is closed as N/A on the basis that CAB is no longer the responsible CAB for the client and the current CAB is not involved in this VR.
  • Standard
    Salmon
    Effective date
    25/06/2019
    Decision by ASC
    Approved
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    Farm
    Bakkafrost, All ASC certified sites
    Country
    Faroe Islands
    Variance Request
    To reduce the sample frequency percentage of fines in feed from four samples per ASC approved site per year to four sets of samples that represent all Bakkafrost sites per year. This is because all feed is produced by Havsbrun and meets the requirement of <1% fines in feed.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Approved - the ASC understands the provisions taken by Havsbrún in its production process and that the results obtained from the feed fines sampling on-site do comply with the ASC requirement, as well as the ones obtained on-farm.
  • Standard
    Freshwater Trout
    Effective date
    24/06/2019
    Decision by ASC
    Approved
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    Farm
    Snaptun Frysehus A/S, Kongeåens Dambrug
    Country
    Denmark
    Variance Request
    To deviate from requirements of dissolved oxygen (DO) measurements. The concentration of DO in the outlet water has, in practice, no significant influence on the concentration of DO in the receiving water body because the volume of water discharged from the farm is equivalent to maximum 7% of the flow in the receiving water body.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Approved - Give the minor discharge volume (~7%) compared to the overall discharge volume of the receiving river, and the fact that macro-invertebrate studies do not show any sign of environmental degradation/impact downstream of the discharge point, ASC approves this VR for Kongeåens Dambrug farm and under ASC Trout Standard v.1.0.
  • Standard
    CAR
    Effective date
    27/06/2019
    Decision by ASC
    Approved
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    Farm
    MOWI, Indre Skjervøy
    Country
    Norway
    Variance Request
    To move fish from a site where PD is not endemic (but diagnosed) to Indre Skjervoy where PD is endemic, where fish can grow to market size. They will be kept separate from ASC certified product with good traceability throughout the production cycle.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Approved - his VR is approved for: Marine Harvest – Indre Skjervoy Farm (single site). Based on the provided background information by the CAB, no integrity risks occurs for Salmon certified as “ASC Salmon”. It is for reason that ASC approves this VR.
  • Standard
    Salmon
    Effective date
    12/06/2019
    Decision by ASC
    N/A
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    Farm
    Marine Harvest Scotland – Linnhe site
    Country
    United Kingdom
    Variance Request
    That the sensitive period for these farms should be determined for a 6-week period, in line with Norwegian regions, and to coincide with/immediately precede the wild smolt run on the appropriate loch system. For this system based on information incorporated on wild migratory smolts from Lochaber Fisheries Trust suggests this should be taken as weeks 15 – 20.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    N/A - This VR is closed as N/A because the farm concerned with this VR is no longer in the ASC program.
  • Standard
    Serial and Cobia
    Effective date
    12/06/2019
    Decision by ASC
    N/A
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    Farm
    The Japan Seriola Initiative
    Variance Request
    That anti-parasite treatment (not including that with freshwater, formaldehyde, or hydrogen peroxide), such as oral PZQ administration, should be allowed ≤3 per lifecycle in 5.2.4 in the ASC Seriola and Cobia Standard..
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    N/A - The same topic (the use of PZQ) is covered by question 78. Therefore this VR is closed as N/A. Please see the question and official answer on that topic from the link below: http://variance-requests.asc-aqua.org/questions/qa78_seriola-and-cobia_v1-2_5-2-4/
  • Standard
    Freshwater Trout
    Effective date
    29/03/2019
    Decision by ASC
    N/A
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    Farm
    Danaqua, multiple sites
    Country
    Denmark
    Variance Request
    The CAB recommends that farms with a water abstraction from underground pumped water which is equivalent to less than 5% of the median flow in the receiving water body is exempted from indicator 3.2.2.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    N/A - The client wants to withdraw variance request 298 as the client has closed the NC during the audit and made an action plan.
  • Standard
    Salmon
    Effective date
    23/06/2017
    Decision by ASC
    Approved
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    Farm
    Productos del Mar Ventisqueros Company, Centro Estero Quintupeu
    Country
    Chile
    Variance Request
    That Ventisqueros fulfil the criteria defined for indicator 8.25, however, instead of freshwater bodies, to instead rear smolts at net pen (open systems) located in a marine area at a sea farm.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Approved: This VR is approved for Productos del Mar Ventisqueros Company – all sites. The VR is granted under the condition that compliance with Section 8, including 8.26 to 8.31 must be demonstrated at the time of the audit of the grow-out site.
  • Standard
    Salmon
    Effective date
    12/06/2016
    Decision by ASC
    N/A
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    Farm
    Exportadora Los Fiordos
    Country
    Chile
    Variance Request
    That given the imminent launch of an ASC Feed Standard and measures taken by the farm to fulfil this, that they be excused for not meeting indicator 4.3.2 of the Salmon Standard.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    N/A - his is not a VR but a request for ASC to judge compliance/non-compliance of the farm performance on the indicator 4.3.2. ASC as the standard owner shall not interfere with that decision. That is CAB’s mandate.
  • Standard
    CAR
    Effective date
    25/10/2018
    Decision by ASC
    Not approved
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    Farm
    Nouvelle Aquaculture de Crevettes de Besalampy, NACB
    Country
    Madagascar
    Variance Request
    That considering the level of compliance of NaCB Besalampy Farm; their implicit compliance of ASC requirements through the years and taking into consideration the similar VR 184 already approved by ASC on 2016, CUP requests the approval for NaCB Besalampy Farm to commercialise as certified all products harvested from September 2017, once an ASC certificate is issued.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Not approved - VR 184 was approved when CAR v. 1.0 was still effective and did not specify requirements for the setting the Eligibility Date for under-assessment product. CAR v. 2.0 became officially effective on the first of January 2017, with clear eligibility requirements set: 17.7.2 The Eligibility Date can be set as either: 17.7.2.1 The date from which all major non-conformities have been verified as closed and a corrective action plan to address all minor non-conformities has been approved, or 17.7.2.2 The date of farm certification as specified on the certificate. While creating the audit plan an earlier audit should’ve been scheduled to account and address the risk of the special harvesting time conditions of the NaCB Besalampy Farm which have been known beforehand.
  • Standard
    Salmon
    Decision by ASC
    Awaiting decision
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    Farm
    The New Zealand King Salmon Co. - Clay Point, Marlborough Sounds
    Country
    New Zealand
    Variance Request
    To deviate from the metrics surrounding FFDRm and FFDRo in the ASC Salmon Standard. The CAB argues the metrics are primarily based on Atlantic Salmon, therefore, impacting on the fish's health.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Awaiting decision
  • Standard
    Shrimp
    Decision by ASC
    Awaiting decision
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    Farm
    ASC-DNV-288182, Atlantic Shrimpers Ltd.
    Country
    Nigeria
    Variance Request
    To farm a non-indigenous shrimp species which is shown to be established in the farm area.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Awaiting decision
  • Standard
    Seabass, Seabream, Meagre
    Decision by ASC
    Awaiting decision
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    Farm
    Selonda Aquaculture S.A. sites
    Country
    Greece
    Variance Request
    In Greece (or indeed the Mediterranean region) there is not either a government Institution or a private lab that has been accredited to the methodology for benthic analyses. This Variance Request is that in the Mediterranean HCMR results are deemed acceptable for the purposes of this analysis.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Awaiting decision
  • Standard
    Shrimp
    Decision by ASC
    Awaiting decision
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    Farm
    CAMARONERA EL FARO S.A DE C.V; El faro Farm
    Country
    Honduras
    Variance Request
    That the ASC approve ASC El faro Farm for ASC Certification. The farm is located in an IUCN category IV protected area.
    Explanation of decision by ASC
    Awaiting decision
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