Aquaculture produces over half of the seafood eaten around the world and will be vital in providing healthy, affordable protein to the world’s rapidly growing population in the future. But like all food production, it has impacts and must be done responsibly.
ASC develops and manages the strictest standards in the industry. These standards include hundreds of requirements covering the potential impacts of aquaculture – including water quality, responsible sourcing of feed, disease prevention, animal welfare, the fair treatment and pay of workers and maintaining positive relationships with neighbouring communities.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has long been recognised as being critical to effective and robust sea lice management. IPM is based upon the implementation of a number of proven techniques and approaches developed for pest management in terrestrial agriculture systems, often with the central aim of slowing the development of drug resistance in pest species.
The strategy of IPM generally involves coordinated application and integrated use of all available management practices, with surveillance, communication and cooperation between operators within a defined area. IPM seeks in particular to reduce reliance upon medicinal treatments, thus reducing scope for development of drug resistance and is therefore a process that ASC intends to promote.