ASC approved as ISEAL member

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has become the first compliant aquaculture programme to be approved as a new associate member of the global association for sustainability standards, ISEAL.

ISEAL approved the organisation for its scope, governance and practices in promoting and rewarding responsibly farmed seafood. To improve its effectiveness, the organisation has already worked with ISEAL full member Marine Stewardship Council.

Andrew Murphy, acting market transformation initiative director, WWF, said: “As market demand for food, fibre and fuel increases in the coming decades, so will the impact on our planet’s natural resources. Credible standards and certification systems help to meaningfully reduce impact from commodity production and support the transformation of entire sectors.”

Chris Ninnes, CEO, ASC, said “ Our commitment to credibility and transparency is reflected in all components of our programme from the development of the standards, the third-party audits that engage stakeholders in the process and our governance.”

ASC’s associate membership reflects a commitment to credibility and facilitates the transition to full membership where compliance is demonstrated through ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice in standard setting and impacts. ISEAL will support ASC through this process to join a group of full members that includes Forest Stewardship Council, the Fairtrade International and the Marine Stewardship Council.

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