Marks and Spencer and Royal Greenland are new participants in the ASC talks. (Photo: WWF, Jo Benn)
Two groups join Aquaculture Dialogue talks
Friday, July 09, 2010, 21:30 (GMT + 9)
Marks & Spencer, one of the United Kingdom's leading retailers, and Royal Greenland are participating in the Aquaculture Dialogues (ASC) and several of the Dialogues' technical working groups. They are also reviewing and/or commenting on the draft standards for salmon, shrimp and trout.
"The standard setting process for these species is going further than ever before in reaching out through a transparent, multi-stakeholder approach," said Richard Luney, the wild fish and aquaculture manager for Marks & Spencer.
Also, Luney said, "We support the development of the ASC and the ASC standards and, following full agreement on the detail of the relevant standards, we will work with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the ASC to ensure that, by 2015, our company sources all of its farmed seafood from the most sustainable sources available."
Royal Greenland, one of the world's leading groups on the seafood market, declared its support for the development of the ASC standards by the Aquaculture Dialogues.
Bruno Olesen, Sales and Marketing Director: "We have the responsibility to suppy our customers and our consumers with seafood from sustainable sources. We therefore contribute to the Aquaculture Dialogues' standard setting process by reviewing and/or commenting on the Aquaculture Dialogues' draft standards for shrimp, salmon and freswater trout. The standard setting process in the Aquaculture Dialogues is probably the most robust, transparent and universal approach involving a large and diverse group of stakeholders.
"We already work with Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fishery products and will work with ASC certified farmed seafood products in order to achieve our objective to provide our customers with seafood from environmentally and socially sustainable sources."
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