Every participant in the heavily regulated supply chain of fish farms is concerned about the presence of antibiotics and compliance with DNA specifications in the final product. By promoting responsible fish farming (aquaculture) and management, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification enables buyers and consumers to make informed decisions about sustainable seafood purchases. As an accredited certifier of ASC, NSF enables producers to enjoy a competitive advantage over non-compliant sources.
The ASC logo identifies farm-grown seafood that adheres to environmentally sustainable processes. These improve disease control, fish mortality, the quality of discharged water, the upkeep of fish stocks and local ecosystems. Socially responsible practices address worker safety, pay and community relations. ASC‘s chain of custody (traceability) certification ensures that seafood is properly identified, segregated, and traceable – using DNA testing and supply chain reconciliation processes. By charging no audit fee and opening its reports to public view, ASC remains independent and transparent.
Jointly founded by the World Wildlife Fund and Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative, ASC is a standards organization that aligns with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and ISEAL Standards Setting Code of Good Practice:
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