The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is the world’s leading certification scheme for farmed seafood – known as aquaculture – and the ASC label only appears on food from farms that have been independently assessed and certified as being environmentally and socially responsible.
Aquaculture produces over half of the seafood eaten around the world and will be vital in providing healthy, affordable protein to the world’s rapidly growing population in the future. But like all food production, it has impacts and must be done responsibly.
ASC develops and manages the strictest standards in the industry. These standards include hundreds of requirements covering the potential impacts of aquaculture – including water quality, responsible sourcing of feed, disease prevention, animal welfare, the fair treatment and pay of workers and maintaining positive relationships with neighboring communities.
Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
ASC evidence-based policies are data-centric and increasingly we collect more data on the state of aquaculture across the world.
The beneficial impact the ASC can deliver to the increased sustainability of the aquaculture industry go beyond certification. Lack of high-quality data goes hand-in-hand with missed opportunities for innovation. By making our data available to a diverse range of stakeholders we believe we can increase the usefulness of our program, in this way helping us to drive our mission.