Aquaculture certification and ratings programmes have differing scope and reach. From the assessment of individual farms, through to ratings at the zonal and landscape level, they deploy a variety of approaches to assess and verify the way that seafood is being farmed.
Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch programme are exploring how to better integrate their approaches. The aim is to pass on the benefits of greater integration, by reducing costs for producers and providing clearer and more concise information to buyers, governments, producers and consumers.
These global programmes have begun to work together to explore where efficiencies can be made across their work, starting with an in-depth technical comparison of the three programmes.
The Standards and Data Mapping Study conducted by Seagreen Research identifies where there is overlap or alignment between the schemes’ standards content, and information or data required for an assessment, and identifies:
- Requirements from SFP and Seafood Watch that could be used in the ASC audit process;
- Which ASC farm-level data points could feed into SFP and Seafood Watch ratings.
The report then outlines opportunities for potential scheme-to-scheme coordination, in terms of improving both the efficiency and scalability of assessments. ASC, SFP and Seafood Watch are using the results of this mapping exercise as they plan to work together in pilot aquaculture improvement projects in Vietnam and Indonesia.
An important first step in the pilot projects was to develop a detailed understanding of the needs of farmers in the designated pilot project regions, to target trainings and guidance materials to meaningful areas of improvement. The summary report details key findings from training needs and landscape assessment of shrimp sector in East Java, Indonesia.
This work is funded by a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund, which is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). For further information on this project, please click here.