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LETTER: ASC letter unfortunately not constructive

SeaChoice responds to ASC's defense of its standard.

The following letter to the editor was sent to IntraFish by SeaChoice in response to an earlier letter from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Communications Director Contessa Kellogg-Wintersin response to the story ' New NGO study claims ASC label not all it cracked up to be.'

It is unfortunate that the Aquaculture Stewardship Council's (ASC) letter to the editor, published October 22, 2018, is not in line with the constructive dialogue SeaChoice and ASC have cultivated over the years.

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Our report, “Global Review of Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s Salmon Standard” provides the rationale and options for immediate and medium-term actions the ASC can take to reform key deficiencies and maintain or enhance the scheme’s credibility and its positive environmental and social impact.

ASC’s letter underscores one of our report’s main findings: that in application, the scheme is deviating from the Standard as written.

ASC observed in its letter that “the ASC does not require “100% compliance”, yet the Salmon Standard v.1.1 explicitly states: “Farms must meet 100 percent of the requirements in this document to achieve certification” (Preamble, page 11).

We see this as indicative of a shift away from the Standard’s theory of change, which was premised on certifying only the global top-performers in the industry.

Further information on our report, “Global Review of Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s Salmon Standard," including our rationale for the review, the analysis and why it matters can be found here on our website.

SeaChoice member groups have been active stakeholders in the ASC and Aquaculture Dialogues for more than a decade and intend to continue to our work through various mechanisms to ensure the high ecological intent of the Salmon Standard, and others, are upheld.

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