July 27, 2020
Aquaculture Stewardship Council releases standards in Indonesian
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has translated its Shrimp, Tilapia, and Tropical Marine Finfish Standards and related guidance documents into Indonesian to help more farmers in the country work towards more responsible practices, the organisation announced last Friday.
Indonesia is the world's second largest producer of farmed fish, making it a key country for ASC's mission to improve aquaculture practices. As well as the full standards, audit manuals and certification guides for single site and group certification have been translated into Indonesian, with further materials and remote training sessions to follow.
"As one of the most important aquaculture producers in the world, there is huge potential in Indonesia to minimise the environmental and social impacts of the industry," said Mohammad Budi Santosa, ASC Outreach Manager for Indonesia. "ASC is a global programme but key to our success is engaging with local producers and making the certification process as smooth as possible. These translations make the ASC programme more accessible, giving more farmers the opportunity to demonstrate they are operating in a responsible way, and if so, enjoy the benefits of ASC certification."
The translations and training materials have been funded by The Walton Foundation, as part of a two-year US$500,000 project operated by ASC and FairTrade USA to drive improvements in Indonesia's aquaculture sector.
ASC will also be working with the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries and other stakeholders to embark on a Training of Trainersprogramme, which will enable the benefits of ASC certification to extend in the country beyond the duration of the project.
Tilapia and shrimp are among the most produced species in Indonesia, with about a million tonnes of tilapia and half a million tonnes of shrimp produced in 2015 according to official estimates.
A similar project in 2018 translated the ASC Shrimp and Pangasius Standards into Vietnamese.
The translated standards can be downloaded from: https://www.asc-aqua.org/what-we-do/our-standards/farm-standards/