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How WWF is promoting sustainable aquaculture

When done responsibly, aquaculture can thrive alongside healthy wild fish populations and marine habitats, good water quality and satisfied communities.

The ASC is the starting point to achieve this.
We focus on farmed shrimp and salmon because, collectively, they represent the largest share of the global farmed seafood market. We also work to advance responsible seafood farming for abalone, bivalves (clams, mussels, scallops and oysters), cobia, freshwater trout, pangasius, seriola, and tilapia.

In 2004, we initiated and coordinated the Aquaculture Dialogues, a series of roundtables that included over farmers, retailers, NGOs, scientists and other important stakeholders within the aquaculture industry, which committed to develop measurable and performance-based standards for responsibly farmed seafood.

From dialogues to a certification scheme

In 2009, WWF co-founded the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) with the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) to manage the global standards and certification programmes. ASC works with Accreditation Services International (ASI) to accredit independent certification bodies to audit and certify compliant farms. 

WWF also engages with:
  • governments in countries that produce and export farmed seafood to design regulatory policy that will support a responsible aquaculture industry,
  • financial institutions to encourage them to place sustainability filters on loan applications for aquaculture operations,
  • producers in implementing responsible practices,
  • large retailers and restaurant chains to adopt responsible seafood procurement policies that call for sourcing responsibly farmed seafood products.

Find out how WWF collaborates with governments to promote a responsible aquaculture industry
► Introducing the ASC and why we need responsible aquaculture
► Read about the latest progress of the ASC in certifying the seafood industry
► Read our better production impact stories 
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A number of credible, third-party certification schemes, such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) can help companies prevent environmental degradation and drive the key industries toward better and more responsible performance. Find out more ►

Be part of the solution

Farms, seafood processors/traders and retailers can join the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, the world's leading certification and labelling programme for responsibly farmed seafood. ► Visit the ASC website 

Are you worried that your farmed seafood has caused environmental damage? Look for produce with the ASC label, a guarantee that your purchase has met strict environmental criteria. ► Visit the ASC website 

Better Management Practices

Better Management Practices (BMP's) are innovative measures implemented by industry to protect the environment through measurably reducing major impacts of commodities on the planet's water, air, soil and biological diversity. They also help producers to make profit in a sustainable way. Find out more ►

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