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



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

The public consultation closed on May 25. Thank you to all stakeholders for their active particiatpation. 

The Benchmark Committee, together with the Indepedent Experts and ASC will now review and address all comments that were received. GSSI's Benchmark Committee will then provide the Steering Board with a final reocmmendation on recongition. All comments and responses will be made publicaly available after the GSSI Steering Board's final decision on recognition. 

For more Information on the Benchmark Process have a look at our factsheet.  

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