New stan­dard for bream and bass

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THE Aqua­cul­ture Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil (ASC) has launched its new stan­dard for sea bass, sea bream and mea­gre.

The stan­dard was de­vel­oped in re­sponse to de­mand from the sec­tor, which has grown in re­cent years, par­tic­u­larly in Turkey and Greece.

There is also in­creas­ing de­mand for the species in mar­kets such as Ja­pan, the Mid­dle East and North Amer­ica.

The stan­dard cov­ers the use of an­tibi­otics and mea­sure­ments of dis­solved oxy­gen lev­els, and es­tab­lishes best prac­tices for farm­ing the species.

Chris Ninnes, CEO of the ASC, said: ‘The re­lease of the sea bass, sea bream and mea­gre stan­dards is an ex­cit­ing devel­op­ment and an­other mile­stone for the pro­gramme.

‘The in­tro­duc­tion of this stan­dard helps fur­ther our mis­sion to drive wide­spread im­prove­ments in the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try and pro­vide last­ing ben­e­fits that will pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment, farm work­ers, and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.’

Dur­ing the next six months, farms can read the newly re­leased stan­dard and use the re­sources on the ASC web­site to re­view the re­quire­ments nec­es­sary to be­come cer­ti­fied. They can then find qual­i­fied au­di­tors to be­gin the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process.

Sea bass re­port: Page 49.

Chris Ninnes

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