Seafood is a vital source of food and economic activity for hundreds of millions of people living and working in Asia. As the demand for increased seafood production from regional, domestic and international markets continues to grow, the Asian seafood industry is facing challenges that may compromise its long-term sustainability and threaten the livelihoods of small-scale fishers and farmers.
While international certification standards for fisheries and aquaculture exist, more needs to be done to expand the adoption of sustainability standards and incentives for both supplier and buyer. The Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative (ASIC) is a burgeoning regional collaboration between private sector stakeholders from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam who have come together to tackle sustainability challenges facing the Asian seafood industry. ASIC stakeholders represent various elements of the Asian seafood industry, including producer organizations, processors, NGOs and local certification bodies, who collaborate with export market stakeholders, buyers and certification bodies, to build innovative tools designed to foster improvement for both shrimp aquaculture and fisheries in the region. The ASIC shrimp program is one of the first direct attempts to adapt sustainability programs created in other markets for the Asian seafood industry.
Watch this free 1-hour webinar to learn more about ASIC and its work towards building a more sustainable seafood supply chain in Asia:
• Challenges facing producers and how a multi-stakeholder initiative can help to solve them
• Tools being developed by ASIC and its stakeholders
• Possibilities for incorporating “blue carbon” considerations to incentivize mangrove protection and enhance shrimp farm performance
• How other organizations can engage with ASIC