ASC seeks feedback on operational review

ASC is looking to improve its its Salmon and Tilapia standards ASC is looking to improve its its Salmon and Tilapia standards

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is inviting public feedback on new papers outlining recommendations to improve its Salmon and Tilapia standards.

These three reports are part of ASC’s operational review and were produced in response to feedback received from the first round of public consultation, held earlier this year.

ASC’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the Forage Fish Dependency Ratio (FFDR) and the Parasiticide Treatment Index (PTI) in the ASC Salmon Standard and the antibiotic requirements in the ASC Tilapia standard.

The FFDR standard is being updated to reflect current best practice after it was created three years ago. Review feedback called for FFDR requirements to be revised to 1.2 for fishmeal and 2.8 for fish oil, from the original figures of 1.35 for fishmeal and 2.95 for fish oil.

ASC’s second paper recommends replacing the PTI in the salmon standard to set a measure that reflects current best practice. Options include measures for responsible reduction of parasiticides used to control and limit common diseases.

Paper three focuses on the move to prohibit the use of antibiotics which are classified by WHO as being critically important to human health.

The ASC said it will look to ensure that the current guidelines are met and that any changes will be applied during recertification at the next annual assessment. For farms under assessment, any changes will come into effect six months after any approved changes.

Anyone wishing to provide feedback can use the comments submission form on the ASC website or email standards@asc-aqua.org.

The consultation period closes on 6 December 2015.

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