ASEAN shrimp standard draft open for comment

A draft of a new set of standards for sustainable shrimp farming in Southeast Asia is now available for public comment.

The draft, put together by a steering committee of 14 seafood companies, researchers, associations and other industry stakeholders, contains new standards designed for farms throughout the region covered by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The goal, according to a statement from the committee, is “to improve the sustainability, environmental and social performance of farming, especially at the small-scale, and receive recognition in key export markets.”

The proposed new standard will complement existing standards and will be compatible with other existing standards set by organizations such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council.

Anyone wishing to comment on the draft may do so via email to [email protected] through 10 October 2014. The committee is expecting to finalize the standard by early 2015.


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