With 400 certified farms, 80 more under assessment, and over 7000 products available in 58 countries around the globe, 2017 starts very positively for the ASC. Important work, including standards harmonisation, the Operational Standards Review, the Feed Standard dialogue, multi-site and group methodologies, and the development of new standards, all aiming to streamline and improve many of ASC’s documents and processes, will largely conclude in 2017. We foresee a busy year but a continued and dynamic future as a result.
We marked the festive season by welcoming certified farms in two new countries, New Zealand and France. KLG Fine Food and Yata supermarket celebrated the holidays with a spotlight on certified seafood with their successful Happy Sustainable Seafood Day campaign in Hong Kong. We are also looking forward to Semaine de la Pêche Responsable, a joint consumer campaign with MSC that will promote certified seafood in France in the last week of February.
At the end of last year we announced an interim solution for the marine raw material used in feed. The measure increases the amount of marine raw material available for use in feed at farms certified to the ASC Farm Standards for salmon, tilapia, pangasius, trout, shrimp, abalone, seriola and cobia. This is part of our ongoing effort to further expand the use of sustainable feed through a new ASC Feed Standard, which will also be a discussion topic at our annual ASC commercial update during the Seafood Expo North America in Boston, where I look forward to seeing many of you.
Chris Ninnes, Chief Executive Officer ASC
ASC Announces Interim Feed Solution
The ASC has launched an Interim Solution for the marine raw material used in feed. This Interim Solution replaces the current set of requirements for marine raw material in the ASC Farm Standards.More