Sustainable aquaculture

Fish and seafood are among the most important foodstuffs worldwide. But fish stocks are under pressure: One way to prevent overfishing is to make use of aquaculture. To ensure that aquaculture is conducted with care and in a sustainable fashion there is now also the certification process of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council as a counterpart to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

This international, independent and non-profit organisation has drawn up standards for sustainable fish farming and its certification system provides consumers the means of identifying responsible aquaculture. Our German sister certification body, TÜV NORD CERT offers certification according to ASC specifications. 

National and international companies from nearly all sectors of the fishing industry which have to do with aquaculture can obtain certification, including importers, processors, wholesalers and retailers, institutional catering facilities and restaurants, and fish farm associations. When they have successfully undergone an audit they have documentary proof of their sustainable commitment to the responsible handling of fish as a commodity – more and more purchasers and consumers demand verification of the purchased product's origin. Certification ensures through unbroken traceability that the goods are from a legal catch. This enhances credibility when dealing with fish farms, customers and end consumers.

After certification, companies may use the widely known and respected ASC logo on their products. This secures a number of competitive advantages, creates access to new and environmentally aware customer groups and provides independent evidence of a completely transparent supply chain.

TÜV NORD Integra offers certification to the ASC "Chain of Custody"

  • for companies in the supply chain which buy, process or trade ASC certified fish.
  • For companies which are already client with TÜV NORD Integra for any other standard

TÜV NORD Integra offers ASC certification under accreditation of TÜV NORD Cert.

Click here for more information on the certification procedure and the offered service.

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