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News from the IMO Aquaculture & Fisheries Department
- Nan Ying Aquaculture Association:
First ASC certification announcement in Taiwan. The Fisheries Agency, Tainan city government, and many farmers will be attending this announcement, which will take place 20th April 2013 in Tainan.
- Another first for IMO! IMO first certification body worldwide to have been accredited for
ASC Pangasius Farm audits and certification. When combined with previously achieved accreditations for
ASC Tilapia farm and Chain of Custody (COC), IMO is the only certification body to be accredited for all three finalized ASC standards audits. We can also combine ASC audits with all other major aquaculture and fisheries standards. For more information or to request an ASC application form, please contact us at
- IMO first certification body worldwide to have been accredited for
ASC Farm audits and certification. The
first ASC certificate
was issued by IMO. The first audits have already taken place and several more are planned for the coming months. IMO is already accredited to carry out
ASC Chain of Custody (COC)
audits and certification services worldwide for all steps in the supply chain of ASC certified products. We can also combine ASC audits with all other major aquaculture and fisheries standards.
Download here the accreditation document. For more information or to request an ASC application form, please contact us at
- IMO-certified operater, Regal Springs, featured on the Dutch current affairs television show "Wereldzaken" (translated as: world business).
ASC countdown: The first Certification against Aquaculture Dialogue (ASC) products will reach the market soon.
Register your interest with IMO now
to ensure that you stay up to date on the most recent developments in the ASC program.
GlobalGAP Aquaculture: scope extensions
AquaGAP: A certification programme for Good Aquaculture Practices.
Aquaculture / Fisheries: Increasing Demand
The demand for fish and shellfish products is continuing to increase worldwide and the need to protect our oceans and fish stocks for future generations is becoming more and more apparent. Consumers are recognising that their choice at the counter can influence industry practices and are demanding more reliable information on the origin and production quality of seafood products.
Certification and Quality Assurance: Services by IMO
A range of sustainability and quality standards have been developed by national and private bodies to facilitate consumer decisions at the counter. The credibility of these standards is built up and maintained by sound quality systems, including independent audits and certification of each step in the supply chain from the fishery or farm to the consumer.
IMO has a team of experts working in aquaculture and fisheries to support our clients throughout the certification process. The special IMO group structure with local offices and representatives in various countries allows us to offer inspection services worldwide for the following standards:
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP):
is a certification programme for Good Aquaculture Practices, which aims to enhance sustainability and food security in aquaculture operations. Certified products are labeled with the AquaGAP logo.
is a well known standard for a business to business label from the retail and food service sector.
Standards for sustainable capture fisheries:
is a private eco-label programme for sustainable fishing that also covers ecological, social and economic factors.
MSC (Marine Stewardship Council)
Fishery is an independent, global, non-profit organization that holds the most popular standard for wild caught fish and shellfish based on a set of principles and criteria for sustainable fishing.
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody (CoC)
for seafood traceability ensures that MSC labeled product consists of MSC Fishery certified aquatic products and is part of an audited supply chain which is fully traceable.
Private labels for organic aquaculture:
Farmers associations have developed guidelines for organic aquaculture; among them
National/ regional labels for organic aquaculture:
EU Regulation (EC) No 834/ 2007
, (EC) No 889/2008 and
USDA National Organic Program (NOP)
represent the most important organic markets for organic aquaculture.
Other standards for sustainable aquaculture:
ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council)
is an independent not for profit organization currently in development to manage the global standards for responsible aquaculture. First audits have been carried out according to the international standards for responsible tilapia aquaculture (ISRTA).
The Whole Foods Market Seafood Standards
is an in-house industry standard.
is designed to be applicable especially to Chilean salmonid aquaculture.