The majority of seriola and cobia that we eat is farmed. However, seriola and cobia farming has been associated with a number of environmental impacts, such as the use of marine ingredients in feed.
ASC certified seriola and cobia farmers work hard to improve standards in their industry, work with their local community, and respect their workers and the environment:
ASC certified seriola / cobia farms minimise impacts on their neighbouring ecosystem in a number of ways, such as the development and implementation of a biodiversity-focused environmental impact assessment (B-EIA) and ensuring farms are not sited in High Conservation Value Areas (HCVA). Also, acoustic deterrent devices cannot be used on ASC certified seriola / cobia farms. Fish escapes must be minimised and a solid management plan must be implemented to ensure this.
ASC certification requires seriola / cobia farms to adhere to strict limits to minimise use of wild fish as ingredient for feed. In addition, the standard requires farms to ensure full traceability back to a responsibly managed source, preferably certified, both for wild fish and soy.
ASC certified seriola / cobia farms are required to measure various water parameters (nitrogen, phosphorus, oxygen levels, etc.) at regular intervals and remain within set limits.
ASC certified seriola / cobia farms must adhere to rigorous requirements to minimise disease outbreaks. A Fish Health Management Plan must be developed under supervision of a veterinarian and implemented. This plan details all the steps for biosecurity management. In addition, the use of medicines before a disease is diagnosed (prophylactic use), is prohibited.
ASC certification imposes strict requirements based on the core principles of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), these include prohibiting the use of child labour or any form of forced labour. All ASC certified farms are safe and equitable working environments where employees earn a decent wage and have regulated working hours.