GSSI Public Consultation: Benchmark Report for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Below, unedited is the latest GSSI press release (April 25, 2018)

Public Consultation: Benchmark Report for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council

April 25 – May 25, 2018

On April 25, 2018, GSSI launched a 30-day public consultation on the GSSI Benchmark Report for Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).

ASC applied for GSSI recognition of its Salmon Standard in August 2017, and has been benchmarked against the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool on:

  • Section A (Governance),
  • Section B (Operational Management),
  • and Section C (Aquaculture – Salmon Standard).

GSSI invites comments on the recommendation of the Benchmark Committee to recognize the Aquaculture Stewardship Council Certification, Salmon Standardafter the Independent Experts and the Benchmark Committee found the scheme to be in alignment with all the GSSI Essential Components.

The recommendation and the Benchmark Report are the intermediary result of the Benchmark Process. It included a Desktop Review and Office Visit by our Independent Experts, and a Benchmark Committee Meeting to review the draft Benchmark Report. A GSSI Steering Board Liaison has overseen the process to ensure its neutrality and objectivity.

Following the public consultation, the Benchmark Committee, Independent Experts and ASC will together address all comments received. GSSI’s Benchmark Committee will then provide the Steering Board with a final recommendation on recognition. All comments and responses will be made publicly available after the GSSI Steering Board’s final decision. For more Information on the Benchmark Process have a look at our factsheet.

To submit your comments

Download the ASC Benchmark Report (PDF file):

Download the Public Comment Form. Please add your name and organization in the header of Column J titled “Public Consultation”. Insert comments on specific Benchmark Results (Conclusions) in the corresponding row.

Return the Excel file and any additional comments you may have by May 25 to


About ASC

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation co-founded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) in 2010 to manage the certification of responsible fish farming across the globe.

The ASC standards require farm performance to be measured against both environmental and social requirements. Certification is through an independent third-party process and reports are uploaded to the public ASC website.

The on-pack ASC logo guarantees to consumers that the fish they purchase has been farmed with minimal impacts on the environment and on society.

The ASC standard addresses the following seven principles:

  • Legal compliance (obeying the law, the legal right to be there)
  • Preservation of the natural environment and biodiversity
  • Preservation of the water resources and water quality
  • Preservation of the diversity of species and wild populations (for example, minimising escapes that could become a threat to wild fish)
  • Monitored and responsible use of animal feed and other resources
  • Animal health (no unnecessary use of antibiotics and chemicals)
  • Social responsibility (for example, no child labour, health and safety of employees, freedom of assembly, community relations).


For more information about ASC please visit