New ASC Pike-perch Module to promote species diversification

The aim is to increase the number of ASC-certified farmed seafood products.
Shoal of fish.

Shoal of fish.

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The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) had launched a new Pike-perch Module. According to ASC, the Module aims to promote species diversification. It launches on 15 January 2024.

ASC is adding more species to its program to increase the number of ASC-certified farmed seafood products. The criteria are based on consumer demand, market development opportunity, or producer interest.

Fabiola Mustafaj, Research Coordinator at ASC, said: "There is growing consumption of pike-perch (Sander lucioperca) and an increased producer demand from Europe for certification. The development of the Pike-perch Module is a milestone for ASC and proves its commitment to the diversification of species as we continue to grow and make ASC certification more relevant and accessible to farmers."

In addition, she stated: "Farms using the Module will improve their environmental and social performance through ASC’s robust standards and will ensure responsibly farmed pike-perch product is available to the market."

Timeline of the Pike-perch Module

In January 2023, the ASC Pike-perch Module was approved by the ASC Technical Advisory Group (TAG). Following stakeholder consultation in March and April 2023, feedback was evaluated and incorporated into the final version of the Module in May 2023.

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