Aquaculture Improvement Project to ASC

Implementing partner: World Wildlife Fund-US, Thailand
Countries: Thailand
Species: Litopenaeus vannamei
Targeted volume: 7,000 t (large-scale and small-scale farms)
Target: ASC
Project duration: 24 months (december 2014 – december 2017)

Project summary

World Wildlife Fund is providing technical assistance to farms seeking Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification throughout China, India and Thailand. In each country, these farms are poised to be some of the first ASC certified farms, opening market opportunities and aiming to initiate industry wide shift. Collectively, this project is targeting over 7,000 tonnes of tilapia and shrimp across 213 farms, with the help of at least eight companies.

The primary goal of this project is to initiate certification in countries that have had limited to no ASC presence, and to provide a template for expansion and greater adoption. India and Thailand, some of the most significant exporters of shrimp, have yet to see an ASC certified farm in the country. The purpose of certification it to address and minimize the key environmental and social impacts of aquaculture and to provide full traceability from feed origin to supplier.

Additional partners in this project are Choice Group, Geekay Farms, Waterbase Ltd., Jairak 1, Jairak 2, KVP Farms and Designs, WWF Thailand, Sea Wealth Frozen Food Co Ltd, Andaman Seafood Co Ltd, Sureerath Co Ltd, Srisuban 5, Srisuban 6, and Srivichai.

Statements

“Our farm relies heavily on the natural environment. The healthier the environment, the better for the shrimp. In order to raise safe and healthy shrimp, the physical environment should be at the pinnacle of a farm’s priorities.”

James, Farm Manager for Srisuban

“The value of measurable performance, independent verification and a credible certification that minimizes impacts is paramount to ASC. It is a difficult road to achieve ASC shrimp farm certification, but the dedication of our partner farms is commendable.”

 Aaron McNevin, Aquaculture Director, WWF US

Contact details:

Aaron McNevin,
Director Aquaculture WWF
Email: aaron.mcnevin@wwfus.org

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