Addressing the realities of aquaculture emerging in farming operations to promote more sustainable practices and improve the livelihood of local small-scale producers
The ASIC Environmental Standard supports producers to progress towards better farming practices accustomed to specific landscapes and characteristics of Asian farming operations. It covers several aspects set out in principles ranging from broodstock to harvest, disease and waste management, and seed and feed sources. The standard focus creates a framework for communal group management applied in shrimp farming standards. The standard implements a place-based approach to ensure that its application can support producers to be more resilient in specific challenges while improving practices and contributing positively to the environment. The standards offer a practical approach to improvement towards internationally recognized environmental metrics that, most importantly, cater to Asian practices. Producers can use the standards to improve practices, increase their resilience to address challenges, and be acknowledged in sustainable production.
Initiated by trainings on the standard's benefits as well as how to conduct a self-assessment, producers are then guided through a process to add data into our application system. ASIC reviews the data and constructs a gap analysis and needs assessment based on the provided data. To construct an improvement plan, ASIC conducts on-site verification of the operation, collects and verifies data, and identifies any additional challenges. Together with producer or producer groups, an improvement plan and timeline are created.