New boost for ASC salmon standard


THE Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) salmon standard has been recognised by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), a seafood certification industry benchmark.
To meet the ASC standard, producers must demonstrate responsible aquaculture to minimise both environmental and social impacts.
It requires an unprecedented level of transparency and traceability, said the ASC. The salmon certification programme has grown steadily since its launch in 2012, with 240 salmon farms now certified.
Michiel Fransen, head of standards and science at the ASC, said: ‘With the ASC’s commitment to constant updates and stakeholder engagement, our standard has been a driving force behind improvements in salmon aquaculture.
‘Achieving the GSSI benchmark is further evidence of the strength and the credibility of the standard.’
The GSSI benchmark is based on United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) guidelines for the eco-labelling of seafood, and aims to give clarity on seafood certification schemes.


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