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 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.