Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)


On 17 September 2018 The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) provided formal recognition of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certification for the scope of Aquaculture. On 10 October 2023 GSSI provided recognition under Version 2.0 of the Global Benchmark Tool.

GSSI’s recognition shows that their Salmon Standard v1.3 (July, 2019) and their Shrimp Standard v1.1 (2019) are in alignment with all applicable Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool. The Tool is underpinned by the FAO Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification and consists of performance areas related to scheme governance, operational management (including chain of custody) and applied aquaculture farm audit standards.

Scheme Owner

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Date of Recognition

10 October, 2023
Read the news release

Scope of Recognition

Aquaculture Certification
(Aquaculture Facility Certification for Salmon Farms (Version 1.0, April 2017) [Initial Recognition]

Aquaculture Certification (Aquaculture Facility Certification for Shrimp Farms (Version 1.1, March 2019) [Scope Extension]

Steering Board Liaison

Ingrid Kelling

Independent Experts
  • Sally Surangpimol
  • Sophie Fridman
Benchmark Committee Members
  • Anne Vanderhoeven
  • Osires de Melo
  • John Hargreaves
Public Consultation

April 24 – May 25 2017 [Initial Recognition, Salmon Standard]

October 23 – November 21 2019 [Scope Extension, Shrimp Standard]

October 10 2023 – Recognition v2.0 GBT

Monitoring of Continued Alignment (MOCA)

Date of MOCA Completion: August 2, 2021

The Monitoring of Continued Alignment (MOCA) procedure is a periodic review process where the Scheme provides a full overview of any changes in the Scheme’s ownership, management or the standard itself. This report on the Scheme’s continued implementation is reviewed by Independent Experts, who make a recommendation on continued recognition of the Scheme.

ASC’s MOCA process was completed on the 2nd of August, 2021 and continued recognition was approved. Read the overview here.

The Independent Experts were:

Sarah Ogston-Gray, Ogston-Gray Food Consulting
Dr. John Hargreaves, Independent Consultant, Aquaculture Assessments LLC

The Benchmark Committee members were:

Josie Foster, Director, J Foster Consulting LTD
Nigel Peacock, Director, Napfisheries & Aquatic Environment
Lee Cocker, Aquaculture Manager, SEAFISH
Gregg Small, Adjunct Faculty, Washington State University Food Science Innovation Center


Operational Management

(including chain of custody)

Aquaculture Certification Standard

(Salmon Farms)

Aquaculture Certification Standard

(Shrimp Farms)