Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Aquaculture Stewardship Council
The ASC is an independent, international non-profit organisation that has developed a certification programme for responsible aquaculture.

The ASC was founded in 2010 through a partnership between WWF and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) with the aim to create a global set of standards which define responsible aquaculture and then to provide independent certification and internationally recognised on-pack labelling to identify and reward products sourced according to those standards.


The ASC certification includes Farm Standards on worker and community rights that are primarily based on core United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions relating to child labour, forced labour, discrimination, health and safety, working hours and remuneration.

Significance for seafood businesses: 

A seafood-specific standard. Sourcing seafood that is accredited to a standard that has a social component provides reassurance that the seafood you are purchasing has been independently verified concerning social issues.


A MOU was signed between GAA, GlobalG.A.P. and ASC which includes collaborative working on social responsibility in April 2013.

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