Southeast Asian Black Tiger Broodstock Fisheries Improvement Report
Black Tiger Prawn are sought after as a premium shrimp product and the industry relies on wild caught broodstock to produce seeds for culture. Currently, some shrimp fisheries are considered "Overfished" by the FAO but very little actual sustainability assessment information is available for Black Tiger Prawns, especially at the local level.
The Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative (ASIC) has been building an improvement standard that would help innovative Black Tiger Prawn farmers be recognized as a Seafood Watch (SFW) “Good Alternative” (Yellow) or "Best Choice" (Green). One of the critical pieces required to realize this goal for extensive Black Tiger Prawn farming is to ensure that the sustainability performance of the fisheries they use for broodstock is known.
ASIC Shrimp Standards
ASIC Shrimp present a pathway for whiteleg shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) and black tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon) producers, feed mills, and hatcheries to move towards improvement and provides a framework for them to meet the standards of international ratings. This approach will facilitate market access to places like Europe and the US with a high demand for sustainable seafood. ASIC Shrimp is aligned with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch (MBASW) Program, which is well recognized by buyers in the US and globally.
Producers, hatcheries, and feed mills involved in ASIC Shrimp will need to demonstrate compliance with the associated standards via a 3rd party audit to make any market claims. For example, if a producer involved with ASIC Shrimp is able to demonstrate compliance with ASIC Shrimp Yellow or Green standards, they are able to make the market claim of a Seafood Watch “Good Alternative” or “Best Choice” respectively.
ASIC Shrimp Development Steps
The ASIC Shrimp Tool was developed by a 21-person steering committee that includes voting members from Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. ASIC convened a group of stakeholders to develop the ASIC Shrimp Tool in a way that farmers, feed mills, and hatcheries will understand and execute easily as well as offer a tiered system that will translate to clear market incentives with the largest recognized rating system in the US. By aligning the ASIC Shrimp Standards, participants enter premium markets while also improving the environment and communities in their area.
partnership assurance model white paper
The following white paper is the product of a collaborative process between Monterey Bay Aquarium, Resonance, SGS, Seagreen Research, Tucker Consulting Services, IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, The Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative (ASIC), and Thai Union North America. The paper’s intended audience includes businesses, non-profits, donors, and certification bodies involved in the aquaculture sector. It makes the case for supporting the development and expansion of Partnership Assurance Models. It is not intended to be an exhaustive review and analysis and we welcome discussion and feedback. Links to useful references and resources are footnoted throughout the document.