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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

First tilapia farm in Belize certified to ASC standard

The first tilapia farm in Belize has become ASC certified. The Fein Catch tilapia farm is the first of its kind in Belize to gain certification against the ASC Tilapia Standard for responsible aquaculture after independent assessment by certifier Control Union Peru. "I would like to congratulate Fein Catch on their certification. This is a great example of the diversity of the farms engaged in our programme," said Chris Ninnes, ASC's CEO. "This year, we have seen the ASC programme grow rapidly with an end of year tally of nearly 200 certified farms across 23 countries, and close to 100 farms in assessment. We look forward to more producers in Central America and beyond coming on board and making a commitment to responsible aquaculture." "It's encouraging to see the farmed seafood sector in countries such as Belize make strides towards environmental and social stewardship," said Mauricio Mejia, Programme Officer of Aquaculture for the Mesoamerican Reef Programme, WWF-Belize. "This year, 95 per cent of Belize shrimp farmers gained ASC certification. We hope that this positive trend will boost more certifications of Tilapia and other aquaculture species in the region. WWF-Belize, together with IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative which provided the necessary funding to support this tilapia farm, will continue to help farms developing better management practices so that they comply with the ASC standard."

Source: Aquaculture Stewardship Council