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Fair Trade USA and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council Partner to Pilot the Fair Trade Addon to Some ASC Certified Farms Fair Trade USA, the leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), the leading certification and labelling program for responsible aquaculture, have signed an MOU to pilot Fair Trade USA’s requirements in some ASCcertified fish farms. Through this collaboration, the organizations will implement Fair Trade USA’s innovative model of responsible business and conscious consumption in certified fish farms adhering to the robust environmental and social criteria of the ASC standard. The pilot will also examine how the Fair Trade program can work as a ladder towards ASC certification within the framework of ASC’s newly formed “Improver Programme.” “The Capture Fisheries Standard for wild fisheries has been the cornerstone of the Fair Trade seafood program since its inception in 2014, and now thousands of fishermen and workers are reaping its benefits,” said Julie Kuchepatov, Seafood Director of Fair Trade USA. “We look forward to working with ASC

to bring the benefits of Fair Trade to fish farmers and workers and increase the environmental and social impact of our respective programs.” Roy van Daatselaar, Producer Support Manager at ASC, said, “We are excited to bring the expertise of both organizations together in service of our shared goal to further improve the social and environmental performance of the aquaculture industry. ASC has had remarkable success in driving better performance and accountability through certification. We’ve created the Improver Programme to expand the benefits of the program by helping those farms that are either not ready for, or may not ultimately be interested in, certification to progress their operations and reduce their impacts. Our collaboration will allow producers to both benefit from Fair Trade’s experience in community development and ASC’s comprehensive and scientifically-driven aquaculture certification to deliver efficient pathways for those that choose to seek certification.” The Fair Trade model enables sustainable livelihoods for fishermen around the world while empowering them to improve their communities via the Community Development

Aquaculture and fisheries are a huge part of the local economy, with 45 per cent of the population depending on these industries for their livelihoods, and there are over 3,000 abalone farms in the region.

Fund – additional income earned for every pound of Fair Trade Certified™ seafood sold. To date, there are nine Fair Trade Certified seafood supply chains and several more in the pipeline. Fair Trade Certified™ seafood products, such as Indonesian yellowfin tuna, Mexican blue shrimp, Maldivian skipjack tuna, Alaskan salmon, and scallops from New England, are found in more than twenty leading North American retailers, including Safeway, Hy-Vee and Whole Foods Market.

ASC leads fight against plastic waste from aquaculture with planned requirements on proper disposal ASC is leading the fight against plastic waste from aquaculture, planning specific requirements for farms to properly dispose of plastics and aquaculture gear, and becoming the first and only aquaculture body to join the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI). The GGGI is an alliance of organisations working to find solutions to the problem of lost, abandoned or discarded fishing gear – known as ghost gear. While the issue of ghost gear from fisheries entering the oceans has been well documented, and it is known that every year at least 640,000 tons of ghost gear is left in the oceans, the impact made by fish farms remains unexplored. The ASC’s knowledge » 47

AQUACULTURE MAGAZINE December 2018 January 2019_VOL 44 NUM 6  

Production of omega-3 enriched tilapia through the dietary use of algae meal or fish oil: improved nutrient value of fillet and offal

AQUACULTURE MAGAZINE December 2018 January 2019_VOL 44 NUM 6  

Production of omega-3 enriched tilapia through the dietary use of algae meal or fish oil: improved nutrient value of fillet and offal