THE Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) launched its new standard for sea bass, sea bream and meagre this morning.
The standard was developed in response to demand from the sector, which has grown in recent years, particularly in Turkey and Greece.
There is also increasing demand for the species in markets such as Japan, the Middle East and North America.
The standard covers the use of antibiotics and measurements of dissolved oxygen levels, and establishes best practices for farming the species.
Chris Ninnes, CEO of the ASC, said: ‘The release of the sea bass, sea bream and meagre standards is an exciting development and another milestone for the programme.
‘The introduction of this standard helps further our mission to drive widespread improvements in the aquaculture industry and provide lasting benefits that will protect the environment, farm workers, and local communities.’
During the next six months, farms can read the newly released standard and use the resources on the ASC website to review the requirements necessary to become certified. They can then find qualified auditors to begin the certification process.
Picture: ASC chief Chris Ninnes