ASC launches pangasius accreditation
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The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has launched its second standard into the market with the opening of its accreditation process for pangasius.
Certifiers can now apply to become accredited; when successfully concluded this will allow them to undertake the first farm assessments against the ASC Pangasius Standard. Accreditation is done by the independent accreditation body Accreditation Services International (ASI).
Chris Ninnes, CEO of ASC, expressed his delight about this latest development of the ASC’s certification programme: “After the successful launch of the ASC Tilapia Standard in March, I am very happy to be able to introduce our second ASC Standard.
“We will now turn our attention to delivering the remaining standards to market during 2012 and we will launch the shellfish standards next".
Jose Villalon, chairman of the board of the ASC said that the pangasius industry has grown almost exponentially this past decade, and that having a credible and robust ASC Pangasius Standard available to certify responsible farmers will help ensure that the better performers are recognised and, for the first time, that the impacts on environment and society are addressed in a relevant way.
The standard was developed in three years with the input of over 600 participants.
Mr Ninnes also noted that: “With the recent launch of our new ASC logo consumers can now easily choose responsibly farmed seafood. The logo helps them make positive environmentally and socially responsible choices when shopping for fish. It allows consumers to enjoy seafood knowing where it has come from and how it was produced.”
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