ASC - Aquaculture Stewardship Council

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council is an independent, international not-for-profit organization that administers the world's leading certification and labeling program for responsible aquaculture.
Transform aquaculture towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility, using efficient market mechanisms that create value throughout the chain.

ASC works with aquaculture producers, seafood processors, retail and food service companies, scientists, conservation groups and consumers to:

Recognize and reward responsible aquaculture through the ASC aquaculture certification program and the seafood label.
Promote the best choice in the purchase of marine products, also considering environmental and social criteria.
Contribute to transform seafood markets towards sustainability.

ASC promotes industry best practices to minimize the environmental and social footprint of commercial aquaculture. Through the consumer label, ASC promotes responsibly grown certified products in the marketplace.

To achieve these goals, ASC is:
  • Credible: ASC standards are developed and implemented in accordance with ISEAL guidelines, multi-stakeholder guidance, transparency, incorporating science-based metrics.
  • Meaningful: The requirements in the standards are realistic, measurable and auditable, and deliver real change.
  • Effective: A globally recognized and market-oriented program that aims to promote significant improvements in aquaculture production in a credible and profitable way that adds value to producers and buyers of certified products.
Control Union Services, is a certification body that carries out inspections, audits, verifications and certifications of various programs. It is accredited by ASI (Accreditation Services International) for the ASC and MSC CoC programs.

Control Union Services has a staff of qualified auditors worldwide, which allows us to make our work more efficient and profitable for our clients.

For more information, you can contact any of your local Control Union offices.

  1. ASC Application Form F01 V5.4  (248 KB)
  2. ASC-CAR-v.2.2_including-Group-Certification-April-2019  (2221 KB)
  3. ASC-Requirements-for-the-Certification-of-Producer-Groups.v1-April-2019  (1623 KB)
  4. ASC-Abalone-Standard_v1.1_Final  (969 KB)
  5. ASC-Bivalve-Standard_v1.1_Final  (1723 KB)
  6. ASC-Flatfish-Standard-V.1.0_Final  (1347 KB)
  7. ASC-Freshwater-Trout-Standard_v1.2_Final  (1504 KB)
  8. ASC-Pangasius-Standard_v1.2_Final  (1125 KB)
  9. ASC-Salmon Standard V 1.4  (229 KB)
  10. ASC-Sea-Bass-Seabream-and-Meagre-Standard_v1.1_Final  (1224 KB)
  11. ASC-Seriola-Cobia-Standard_v1.1_Final  (1829 KB)
  12. ASC shrimp Standard V 1.2  (2555 KB)
  13. ASC-Tilapia-Standard_v1.2_Final  (909 KB)
  14. ASC-Tropical-Marine-Finfish-Standard-v1.0-final  (1420 KB)
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Complainants are encouraged to submit copies of their complaints directly to ASC at:; or to the following addresses:

PO Box 19107
3501 AD Utrecht
The Netherlands Office:
Nieuwekade 9
3511 RV Utrecht
The Netherlands

If you have a complaint, you can send it to us by downloading the form available here.
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