The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Marine Stewardship Council are working together to create a joint global standard for certifying seaweed operations. The partnership will offer the two associations a chance to build on the current leading seafood certification and labelling programs.
The new global standard will reward environmentally sustainable and socially responsible production, as well as set a benchmark for improvement. Public consultation is now open and interested parties are invited to view the proposed Seaweed Standard and feedback online by April 30, 2016.
“The Seaweed Standard will demonstrate mutual sustainability principles and standard systems, referencing the best available scientific understanding and industry practices that conform to international norms of good conduct, including FAO Guidelines for Ecolabelling and ISEAL Codes of Good Practices,” said David Agnew, Science and Standards Director at the MSC.
Bas Geerts, Standards Director for ASC added, “A responsible approach is critical to minimizing the environmental and social footprint of commercial seaweed production. Through collaboration we can create a meaningful standard with value for all stakeholders, while promoting environmental integrity and supporting the local communities that rely on seaweed production.”