Australian abalone farm secures first ASC certification
Jade Tiger Abalone has become the first producer to receive certification under the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Abalone Standard.
"This is a huge step forward in Jade Tiger Abalone's journey to become the best possible aquaculture operation," said Anton Krsinich, general manager of the Victoria-based company.
"Certification is about minimizing our environmental impact, providing good working conditions for our employees and being a good neighbor. We are incredibly proud of this achievement. Our customers in Asia are increasingly seeking high quality, cleanly produced seafood, the accreditation process and maintaining this standard will help us retain and grow our market share.
“We have ongoing conversations with our local community about how we can be the best possible neighbor. We remain committed to continuous improvement and protecting our local environment is something our team values highly."
The ASC Abalone Standard was finalized in 2012 by the Abalone Aquaculture Dialogues, which was initiated in 2010.
The standard addresses the potential adverse social and environmental impacts related to abalone aquaculture such as farm siting, feed, biosecurity, ecosystem effects, waste management and social responsibility.
"I am delighted to welcome the first certified abalone farm to the ASC program," said Chris Ninnes, CEO of ASC. "To help consumers choose responsibly farmed seafood it is important to expand the offer of certified produce available. Now I look forward to the first ASC labeled abalone entering the market."
By committing to certification, Jade Tiger has opened itself to third-party evaluation in areas of energy and water use, local water quality impacts, and employment practices.