ASC and Fair Trade focus on Indonesia

Chris Ninnes and Julie Kuchepatov signing the MOU at this year's Seafood Expo North America in Boston Photo: ASC Chris Ninnes and Julie Kuchepatov signing the MOU at this year's Seafood Expo North America in Boston Photo: ASC

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Fair Trade USA have joined forces to drive improvements in the aquaculture sector in Indonesia, the second biggest producer of farmed fish in the world.

The new project is funded by the Walton Family through a US$500K grant and hopes to deliver sustainable benefits over the coming two years. It began in January 2019 and an MOU was recently signed by Chris Ninnes, chief executive of ASC and Julie Kuchepatov, director of seafood at Fair Trade USA.

“Improving fish farming practices in Indonesia will have a significant and positive impact on our mission to improve standards of aquaculture around the world,” said Roy van Daatselaar, producer support manager and project lead for ASC.

“This project will draw on the complementary strengths of our two organisations to bring lasting benefit to the local community through initiatives that will lead to better outcomes for the environment and those that work on, and live near, the participating farms,” he added.

The two organisations will combine their knowledge and experience to encourage improvements in the environmental and social impacts of Indonesian aquaculture, working collaboratively to explore ways to streamline joint certification, help update farming practices, and encourage greater responsibility.

ASC and Fair Trade USA will also work with the government of Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries to support further development of the local IndoGAP standards and policies.

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