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June 5, 2014

Vietnam/Ecuador

Quoc Viet and Omarsa Apply for ACS Certification

 

In Vietnam, Quoc Viet Seaproducts Processing Trading and Import-Export’s shrimp farm has become the first shrimp farm to apply for Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification.  Quoc Viet’s farm audit is due to take place June 16, 2014.  Control Union, an independent third party certifier, will conduct the audit.  Once the farm has been audited, a draft report of the audit will be posted on ASC’s website for a minimum of ten working days.  During this period, objections can be submitted to the certifier, who may include the objections in an updated version of the audit report.  The decision on whether or not a farm receives certification will be based on the last version of the report.  The final audit report will be published on ASC’s website.

 

Family-owned Quoc Viet, based in Ca Mau Province, also plans to help small-scale shrimp farms gain ASC certification.

 

Quoc Viet processes 15,000 metric tons of shrimp a year, and it plans to increase that to 20,000 tons in 2014 and to 25,000 tons in 2015.

 

In Ecuador, three shrimp farms belonging to family-owned Omarsa have also applied for ACS certification.  Those audits are scheduled for June 2014.

 

Information: For a 144-page PDF describing the ACS’s standards, click here.  If that link does not work, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser: http://www.asc-aqua.org/upload/ASC%20Shrimp%20Standard_v1.0.pdf.  It’s a big document.  Give it a couple of minutes to download and open.

 

Information: Chris Ninnes, CEO, Aquaculture Stewardship Council, P.O. Box 19107, 3501 DC Utrecht, The Netherlands (email info@asc-aqua.org, webpage http://www.asc-aqua.org/index.cfm?lng=1).

 

Information: Ngo Quoc Tuan, Vice President, Quoc Viet, 444 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ward 6, Ca Mau City, Ca Mau Province, Vietnam (phone +84-7803-836454, fax +84-7803-832021, email quocviet@quocvietseafood.com.vn, webpage http://www.quocviet.vn).

 

Information: Sandro Coglitore and Francisco Vanoni, OMARSA, S.A., Lotización Industrial Al Rio Solar 3, Guayas, Durán, Ecuador (phone +593-4-255-0220, fax +593-4-255-0169, email sales@omarsa.com.ec, webpage http://www.omarsa.com.ec/index.php/es/).

 

Source: Undercurrent News [eight free news reads every month].  Editor, Tom Seaman (undercurrent@undercurrentnews.com).  Quoc Viet First to Enter into ASC Shrimp Assessment with Omarsa Close Behind.  June 4,2014.

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