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October 1, 2014


Omarsa Gets First ASC Certification


Ecuadorian shrimp exporter Omarsa has become the first shrimp producer to gain Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification for its three farms.  The company’s ASC labeled products will hit the market in November 2014, with the first products destined for Scandinavia, said ASC.


Omarsa completed the certification ahead of Vietnamese producer Quoc Viet, which had said that it aimed to be the first shrimp farm with ASC certification.  It was the first shrimp farmer to enter ASC assessment, after the shrimp standard was completed in March 2013, but Omarsa completed the process faster.


The three farms owned by Omarsa—Camaronera Cachugran, Camaronera Chongon and Camaronera Puna—were audited by the Institute for Marketecology (IMO).


Omarsa worked with Blueyou Consulting to improve practices ahead of the ASC assessment, a project co-funded through the IDH Farmers in Transition (FIT) fund, which aims to stimulate and support the production of responsibly farmed shrimp.


“We have worked hard to reach this point and have taken forward a number of initiatives, such as mangrove restoration projects,” said Omarsa’s general manager Sandro Coglitore.  “Omarsa is dedicated to responsible aquaculture and we are constantly investing to improve our shrimp farming operations.  ...ASC certification helps to strengthen our position as a responsible shrimp exporting company”


Third-party certification of shrimp farms is still low.  Only 4.6% of world aquaculture production is certified by third parties, such as Global Gap, the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), Dan Lee of the Global Aquaculture Alliance told speakers during a summit in Grimsby, United Kingdom, in September 2014.


Founded in 1977, Omarsa is among Ecuador’s top five shrimp exporting companies, with sales to Europe, the United States, Canada, South America and Asia.


In addition to the three shrimp farms, it owns three hatcheries and a processing plant.


Source: Undercurrent News [eight free news reads every month].  Editor, Tom Seaman ( Omarsa Beats Quoc Viet to Title for First ASC Certified Shrimp Farm.  October 1, 2014.

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