The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) was founded in 2010 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) to provide a world leading certification programme for the aquaculture industry. The ASC was founded as a direct offshoot from the success of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and very close ties have been maintained between the two.
For a company to make a claim on ASC certified product it must (as with the MSC) be Chain of Custody certified. Since it was recognised that the MSC CoC Standard provided an existing system for introducing this requirements the ASC and MSC agreed to incorporate the ASC CoC requirements directly on to the MSC CoC Standard.
A a result, a company wishing to be ASC CoC certified must be audited and meet the MSC CoC Standard criteria.
MEC is accredited to perform audits for companies to become ASC CoC certified and can offer individual, multi-site and group audits. To discuss your ASC auditing requirements please contact MEC.
A copy of the MSC Certification Requirements (V1.3) can be found in the ‘MSC Fisheries Assessment Documents‘ menu. Please note Annex BE which relates directly to ASC CoC requirements.