Brussels, 23 April 2013 – GLOBALG.A.P., the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding promising to work together to achieve greater efficiencies that will benefit all stakeholders.

Working towards a mutual goal of realizing and recognizing good aquaculture practice, the three organizations are seeking to identify and work together on areas that will accelerate progress or enable greater access.

In the first instance the standard holders will work on the harmonization of feed standards and explore ways in which audit processes and common IT infrastructures can provide best value.

“This is an important step forward in the development of aquaculture standards” commented Kristian Moeller, Director of GLOBALG.A.P. “It is time to take more collaborative steps that will enable simpler and more efficient processes, and to learn from best practice implementation efforts across the sector”.

GLOBALG.A.P., ASC and GAA have defined the first areas on which they will work together:

  • Reducing duplication of effort for farms that undertake certification against more than one standard
  • Developing common requirements related to feed
  • Exploring common approaches to the management of certificate information potentially through shared IT platforms
  • Developing common approaches to auditor training
  • Developing shared approaches to chain of custody certification
  • Encouraging accurate and objective messaging regarding the claims made for certified aquaculture products

The MOU explicitly recognizes the continued integrity of each program. The unique elements of the individual programs will not be changed. ASC, GAA and GLOBALG.A.P. currently offer different standards, although all within the realm of promoting a more sustainable aquaculture practice.

Click here to view a video of signing the MoU and the GAA press briefing.