Aquaculture organisations sign MoU
The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and GLOBALG.A.P. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), agreeing to work collaboratively to increase efficiency and reduce duplication in the auditing process.
They have agreed to explore ways to reduce duplication of effort for farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills that undertake certification by more than one of the three organisations’ certification programs.
Despite the certification programs sharing common elements, audits for each set of standards is conducted separately. The organisations have recognised that by working together they can more effectively promote environmentally and socially responsible seafood farming and processing.
The individual certification programs will continue to operate separately, and the integrity and transparency of the programs will not be compromised by any cooperative actions.
Now that the MoU has been signed, GAA, ASC and GLOBALG.A.P. will meet regularly and explore ways to streamline the auditing process. In addition to reducing duplication of effort in the auditing process, the they will seek to develop common requirements related to feed; to explore common approaches to the management of certificate information potentially through shared IT platforms; to develop common approaches to auditor training; to develop shared approaches to chain-of-custody certification; and to encourage accurate and objective messaging regarding the claims made for certified aquaculture products.
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