ASC & MSC
The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) has helped establish a global certification scheme for the breeding of a number of important aquaculture species, including trout and salmon. The certification is called the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), and is a counterpart to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which is one of the most widely used sustainability schemes in the fishing industry.
The ASC standard is developed by the ASC Organization, an independent NGO (non-governmental organization). Their mission is to work towards sustainable farming and social responsibility by employing effective methods that create value for the entire value chain.
There is an increasing focus on sustainability and quality in the food production. Not only with consumers but also with authorities and legislators. This also applies to aquaculture, which supplies 50% of all aquaculture products worldwide. Sustainability cannot be achieved with a snap and places great demands to focus on health, animal well-being, food safety, food quality, environmental protection and social responsibility. All players, from producers, processors and wholesalers to distributors, must be able to prove their responsibility and contribution to the aquaculture industry.
MSC CoC is a scientifically based standard for the fishing industry, where ASC CoC is sustainable farming.
Fish is a very popular eating and demands for fish and other products such as fish oil are rising. This means that a number of fish species are overfished, and that the marine ecosystem is under severe pressure.
Consumers and authorities demand high quality sustainable products. Against this backdrop, the Marine Stewardship Council has prepared a sustainable fisheries standard: the MSC standard. Sustainable fishing ensures fish stocks, jobs in the fishery and consideration for the marine environment. The MSC labeling of the finished products allows consumers to separate sustainable products from conventional products.
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