Trout aquaculture produces most of the world's freshwater trout (Photo: Christoph Mathiesen, WWF)
Trout aquaculture atandards available for public comment
Thursday, July 29, 2010, 02:50 (GMT + 9)
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has announced the release of the draft standards for freshwater trout aquaculture for the first of two public comment periods.
These standards are aimed to help minimise the potential negative impact freshwater trout aquaculture can have on the environment and society.
The freshwater trout aquaculture industry is responsible for producing most of the freshwater trout eaten worldwide.
The standards, which address such impacts as water pollution and the transfer of diseases to other fish, are the product of the Freshwater Trout Aquaculture Dialogue.
The 200-person roundtable includes trout aquaculture industry leaders, scientists, conservationists and others from the world’s leading trout producing countries, including Italy, Denmark, the United Kingdom, the United States and Spain.
The Dialogue is producing the first global standards for freshwater aquaculture created through an open, transparent process that is aligned with the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labeling Alliance’s renowned guidelines for creating standards. The process encourages input from a broad and diverse group of people and ensures that their ideas will be considered by the eight-person Steering Committee responsible for managing the Dialogue.
“We have tried to engage a lot of people in the process and, while we have made some progress, it is very important that we get input from more trout producers,” said Dialogue Steering Committee member David Bassett, a representative of the British Trout Association. “During the public comment periods, we are hoping to receive the advice and guidance we need to improve the first draft of the document so we end up with a meaningful set of standards.”
The first comment period will end on September 27, 2010. The second comment period will begin approximately two months later.
The Dialogue participants hope to finalise the standards by the end of 2010.
The start of the public comment period is a major milestone for the Aquaculture Dialogues, a set of eight roundtables working to create measurable and performance-based standards for responsible aquaculture.
Five sets of draft standards (pangasius, abalone, shrimp and bivalves, as well as freshwater trout) are in the process of being reviewed or finalised.
One set of standards (tilapia) is finalised and all of the standards are expected to be completed within approximately six months.
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