Regular operational reviews ensure the continued efficiency of the various ASC standards. They are focused on areas where the performance of a particular standard is not as anticipated, or may not deliver on the intent as set out in the ASC’s Theory of Change.

Contact person: Michiel Fransen

Review – Salmon – Smolt (Section 8)

The goal of the ASC standards is to provide a means to measurably improve the environmental and social performance of aquaculture operations. Each farm standard undergoes periodic review every three to five years to ensure their continued effectiveness. During the most recent review period, it was determined that improvements would be made to the standards for salmon (Smolt [Section 8], PTI [Appendix 7]), pangasius, freshwater trout and shrimp. It is not intended that these will constitute full reviews of the standard, rather a focused review on areas where the effectiveness of a particular standard is not as anticipated during the Aquaculture Dialogues or will not deliver on the intent as set out in ASC’s Theory of Change.

The operational review of the salmon standard that began in 2015 has finalised its first updates and they have been agreed by the ASC Technical advisory group (TAG), including feedback from one round of public comment regarding the ‘smolt’ component of the Standard (Section 8). The proposed changes have come in response to feedback received on the standard’s operational impact and effectiveness since its initial publication in 2012, and its revision in April 2017 (V1.1).

Among the key changes under consideration is the allowance for smolt to be raised in cages in any water body, if the smolt site is certified to the ASC Freshwater Trout Standard.

Timeline : Review – ASC Salmon Standard – Smolt

Consultation period:

Aug. 21 - Oct. 21, 2017
Status: Closed

Public Consultation I

Consultation period:

March 16 - April 16, 2015
Status: Closed

ToR Consultation

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