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
PS: This Review was completed on July 11, 2019 with the issuance of the Salmon Standard v1.3.
Review – Salmon – Parasiticide treatment index (PTI)
The goal of the ASC standards is to provide a means to measurably improve the environmental and social performance of aquaculture operations. To that end, each farm standard undergoes a periodic review (every 3 to 5 years) to ensure effectiveness, based on latest knowledge and best practices. During the most recent Review period, it was determined that improvements would be made to the standards for salmon, pangasius, freshwater trout and shrimp. These are not full reviews of the standards, but rather reviews focused on areas where effectiveness is not as was anticipated during the Aquaculture Dialogues, and/or which don’t deliver on the intent set out in ASC’s Theory of Change.
The operational review of the Salmon Standard that began in 2015 finalised its first updates — which were agreed by the ASC Technical advisory group (TAG) — including feedback from two rounds of public consultation. Following a review of the Salmon Standard’s operational impact and effectiveness since its initial publication in 2012 — and revision in 2017 — a technical working group (members include ASC, academia, industry and NGO) was setup to discuss any shortcomings of the current PTI approach and given the task to formulate an alternative approach [the Weighted Number of Medicinal Treatments (WNMT)].
One of the key proposed changes to the PTI concept is the introduction of a region-specific maximum allowable WNMT [also called ‘Entry Gate (EG)]; defined to allow only the best performing salmon farms in any given region to enter the ASC certification process. The ASC’s intent remains to rationally reduce the use of sea lice medicines and potential drug resistance, thereby minimising potential environmental impacts.
Timeline : Review – ASC Salmon Standard – PTI
- Sep. 21 - Oct. 21, 2017
- Status: Closed
- Nov. 5 - Dec. 20, 2015
- Status: Closed