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Newsflash: November 2016

Dear Colleagues,

As we come to the end of the year, I’m amazed by how quickly time has passed and how much we’ve achieved in the months since January. It’s been a big year for the ASC programme and I’d like to take time to reflect on all that we have accomplished so far in 2016.

The number of ASC certified farms has grown by 75 per cent to date and we have more than one million tonnes of certified seafood in production. We’ve also increased our presence in the market by more than 50 per cent and our partners have launched over 2420 new products carrying our logo. In order to support these welcome developments, we’ve done some growing of our own. 

We have hired a new representative to lead commercial outreach and strategic growth in Australia and New Zealand, and we have entered into partnership with the Chinese environmental firm Qingdao Tao Ran Environmental Science and Technology. China is the world’s largest consumer and producer of aquaculture and this agreement is foundational to achieving our goal of working together with industry and the market to help improve the performance of the sector.


Other milestones this year relate to the important growth from salmon both in terms of farms and products. We joined the Global Salmon Initiative in their celebration of the 100th ASC certified farm in their programme. At the time of writing, there are now 162 ASC certified salmon farms in countries around the world including  Australia, Canada, Chile, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Poland and Scotland. We also welcomed the first certified shrimp farm in Thailand and the introduction of responsibly sourced processed oysters by Kasumi - one of the largest retailers in Japan. Lastly, after much dedicated work, support and contributions from many, we are pleased to have just launched the new Seriola and Cobia Standard.

We are also working hard to make the ASC programme better and there are many initiatives underway to drive more consistency in the application of the standards. This work includes the development of a “core standard” and operational reviews of the Tilapia, Pangasius and Salmon Standards to take on board early implementation lessons. We are developing a feed standard that will ask important sourcing questions not only for marine ingredients, but also plant and other animal ingredients, and we are in the process of developing  new standards both by ourselves (flatfish, seabass, seabream, sturgeon, crayfish) and with other partners: seaweed (MSC), barramundi, grouper and snapper (WWF Indonesia) and Bluefin tuna (WWF Japan).

I’d like to thank all farms, businesses and organisations that have contributed to ASC’s growth over the past year. I look forward to continuing our work in 2017 ensuring consumers will have an ever growing possibility to make responsible choices.


Chris Ninnes, Chief Executive Officer ASC
ASC Launches Seriola and Cobia Standard
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is pleased to announce that the Seriola and Cobia Aquaculture Dialog is complete. The final Seriola and Cobia standard is the result of more than 8 years of development. More
ASC announces partnership for development in China
The ASC has formed a partnership with Qingdao Tao Ran Environmental Science and Technology (Tao Ran). More
ASC Appoints First Representative in Australia
Duncan Leadbitter has been appointed to lead commercial outreach and strategic growth in Australia and New Zealand and to support and promote engagement in the broader region for the ASC. Duncan is the first ASC representative to be based in Australia. More
 
ASC Welcomes First Certified Shrimp Farm in Thailand
Best Aquaculture Partners has become the first shrimp farm to gain ASC certification in Thailand. The farm is located in the Suratthanee province and has been assessed by Control Union Peru (CUP) ... More
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Shrimp farmer and packing plant in Ecuador recognised for its responsible aquaculture
Today, the shrimp farmer Sociedad Nacional Galapagos (SONGA) received the official ASC certificates for its cluster farms Naturisa Farm, Josefina-Rio Nilo Farm and Camaron Camino Real Farm More
Regal Springs tilapia
Japanese retailer Kasumi launches responsibly sourced processed oysters
One of the largest retail chains in Japan, Kasumi Co. Ltd., which operates 178 stores in the north region of Kanto Plain, has introduced certified responsibly farmed processed oysters sourced from a local farm. More
Regal Springs tilapia
First ASC Certified Dog Treats Launched by Tower Pet Products UK
Tower Pet Products UK Ltd., a pet treat manufacturer, has launched the first ASC Chain of Custody certified treats for dogs.  The Salmon Jerky dog treat was developed in cooperation with Tower Pet Products and the major UK pet retailer Pets Corner, and was released under label range ''Hooked'' in packaging featuring the ASC logo. More
ASC certified seafood consumption on the rise in the Netherlands
Spending on certified seafood products with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) logo in Dutch supermarkets has increased 150 per cent in the year between 2014 and 2015, according to market research by IRI. More
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