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August 15 2014

Southeast Asia

ASEAN Farmed Shrimp Standards

 

Jakarta, Indonesia...A first draft of the Shrimp Standards for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is available for public comment through October 10, 2014.  Created on August 8, 1967, by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, ASEAN is a political and economic organization of ten countries located in Southeast Asia.  Later membership was expanded to include Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma) and Vietnam.  To review the draft shrimp standards and provide input, download the “Public Comment Feedback Form” and the “Draft Shrimp Standard for ASEAN” at:

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l7xiy6swfinw4aa/AADYivk6Fntfu6iCOJx8Zneza

 

The steering committee welcomes comments on the draft standards from farmers, experts and other stakeholders engaged in shrimp farming.

 

A steering committee of 14 industry and non-government stakeholders designed the draft standards as a workable tool to improve sustainability and the environmental and social performance of shrimp farms, especially small-scale shrimp farms.

 

The draft standards complement the existing good aquaculture practices in the ASEAN countries and aim to comply with internationally accepted environmental and social standards, including those of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council and Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® Program.

 

The public comment process is open to all individuals, organizations and entities interested in providing inputs and feedback on the draft standards.  The steering committee will use this feedback to revise the draft standards and then field test them with shrimp farmers in several ASEAN countries.  The steering committee plans to finalize the shrimp standards by early 2015.

 

Send all comments to shrimp.steeringcommittee@gmail.com no later than October 10, 2014.

 

The development of the ASEAN shrimp standards is being carried out with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

 

With the formation of an ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, the region will become one of the ten largest global economies and a major player in the global seafood industry.  The creation of a single market will present an opportunity for the industry and other interested stakeholders to work collaboratively across the ASEAN region to improve the sustainability of shrimp farming and promote responsible aquaculture practices in a way that continues to support food security and safeguards the livelihoods of small-scale shrimp farmers.

 

Source: Socsksargen Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries, Inc.  60-Day Public Comment Period Opens for Draft Shrimp Standard for the ASEAN Region.  No Date.  Website visit on August 15, 2014.

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