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Creating Standards for Responsibly Farmed Shrimp

To minimize the key environmental and social impacts related to shrimp farming, WWF created the Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue. The first draft of the standards document was posted for public comment from March through April 2010 and the second draft was posted for public comment December 2010 through February 2011. All feedback received during the public comment periods was used by the Dialogue's Global Steering Committee (GSC) to revise the standards document. The GSC is developing its formal responses to public comments, which will be available on the WWF website in early 2012.

The final draft of the standards document was made public on December 21, 2011.This version of the standards is being used to create an Audit Manual and will be subject to voluntary field testing on selected farms. When finalized, the standards will be given to a new organization, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, which will be responsible for working with independent, third party entities to certify farms that are in compliance with the standards.

The final draft of the standards document does not reflect final agreement by the GSC. Rather, until the document is finalized, committee members retain the right to debate outstanding issues and develop alternatives based on public input, proactive outreach and further research
Principles

The "International Principles for Shrimp Farming," adopted in 2006 by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, are the framework for the shrimp farming criteria, indicators and standards. The criteria will aim to provide direction on how to reduce each impact identified by the Dialogue and the indicators will address how to measure the extent of each impact. Standards will be quantitative performance levels that evaluate whether a principle is achieved. The principles are:

  1. Comply with all applicable national laws and local regulations
  2. Site farms in environmentally suitable locations while conserving local biodiversity, natural habitat and ecosystem function
  3. Develop and operate farms with consideration for surrounding communities
  4. Operate farms with responsible labor practices
  5. Manage shrimp health in a responsible manner
  6. Manage broodstock origin, stock selection, and effects of stock management
  7. Use resources in an environmentally efficient and responsible manner

Additional Resources
February 2011 Global Steering Committee Meeting

Public Comment Periods

September 2010 Global Steering Committee Meeting

June 2010 Global Steering Committee Meeting

March 2010 Global Steering Committee Meeting

March 2010 Global Steering Committee Meeting

February 2010 Global Steering Committee Meeting

November 2009 Global Steering Committee Meeting

September 2009 Global Steering Committee Meeting

June 2009 Global Steering Committee Meeting

April 2009 Global Steering Committee Meeting

November 2008 Dialogue Meeting

             Meeting Agenda

             Meeting Summary

             Department of Fisheries Opening Remarks

             Draft Criteria and Indicators Presented at Meeting

            Presentations

  • Overview of the Aquaculture Dialogues, by Jose Villalon: English / Thai
  • The Role of the Steering Committee, by Eric Bernard: English / Thai

October 2008 Dialogue Meeting
             Meeting Agenda

             Meeting Summary

            Presentations:

  • Overview of the Aquaculture Dialogues, by Jose Villalon English / Spanish
  • Overview of the Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue, by Eric Bernard English / Spanish
  • The Role of the Steering Committee, by Eric Bernard English / Spanish
  • The Sustainability of Forage Fisheries, by Pedro Sousa English
  • Effluent Impact Assessment, by Stanislaus Sonnenholzner English / Spanish
  • Naturland, by Ute Wiedenlubbert English / Spanish

             Letter from Community Groups

June 2008 Dialogue Meeting
              Meeting Agenda

             Meeting Summary

             Comments on Proposed Indicators

             Comments on Proposed Indicators and Criteria

             Draft Criteria, Indicators and Standards Developed at Meeting

             Presentations:

  • Overview of the Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue and Purpose of the June 2008 Meeting, by Eric Bernard English / French 
  • Belize meeting outcomes, by Eric Bernard English / French
  • The Steering Committee, by Eric Bernard English / French
  • Overview of Aquaculture Certification, by Laurent Galloux French

April 2008 Dialogue Meeting:

             Meeting Summary

             Presentations:

April 2007 Dialogue Meeting
            Draft Criteria and Indicators

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