How do we know we are making a difference?
This required the development of a rigorous monitoring and evaluation (M&E) process to capture the effort farms make on their journey towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility.
The M&E process that we developed requires that we:
- define our organisational objectives
- understand what we needed to do to achieve these objectives
- identify how we measure our achievements
- seek feedback from key stakeholders in an effort to refine the system over time
The ISEAL Code doesn’t just give us a framework for setting up a process for our long and short term objectives, but ensures that we can demonstrate that the environmental and social impacts of aquaculture have been reduced and that we are promoting positive change.
The benefits of the ASC programme aren’t theoretical; they’re tangible. But meeting the ASC farm standards takes hard work.
The case studies of farms that we’ve worked with show the improvements they’ve made to meet ASC standards. Improvements that benefit local communities, company stakeholders and the environment. Here are some examples:
- Improved disease control
- Better monitoring of discharge water and sludge
- Improved waste treatment
- Reduced fish mortality rates
- More extensive benthic surveys
- Dedicated wildlife officer to ensure optimal upkeep of fish stocks and protection of local ecosystems
- Improved staff training
- Improved standards propagated to state
- Better relationships with local communities
- Improved performance levels evident to stakeholders
- Alignment with customer values brings greater financial rewards
- More efficient processes lead to reduced dependence on fish meal and fish oil
- Reduced fish in fish out ratio