Finca Granjas Marinas San Bernado farm in Honduras has successfully gained certification in opposition to the ASC standard for accountable shrimp farming. The Granjas Marinas Group operated site positioned in Choluteca, Honduras was successfully assessed by independent certifier Control Union Peru earlier within the yr together with four of the companies’ other farms.
Honduras Shrimp Farm Certification
“At Ganjas Marinas Group we strongly imagine in the value of accountable aquaculture. As a company, we support the robust standards and transparency that the ASC programme requires certified farms to observe,” defined Victor Wilson Canessa, CEO Grupo Ganjas Marinas. “I am thrilled that our first farm has been efficiently certified to the ASC customary and extremely pleased with the groups that made it occur. I now look forward to seeing our Finca Crimasa, Finca Las Arenas, and Aquacultivos de Honduras (AQH) & Finca Cadelpa operations just lately audited by Control Union Peru to satisfy the ASC’s standard.”
“I would like to increase my warm congratulation to the Granjas Marinas Group on their certification,” mentioned Chris Ninnes, CEO of the ASC. “They be part of a growing group of shrimp farmers that worth the enhancements that attaining ASC certification brings. It’s also attention-grabbing to see the growing curiosity for ASC shrimp merchandise in the market. Despite representing lower than 7% of the overall certified quantity they account for over 30% of the products using the ASC emblem. Through the commitments made by farms like Granjas Marinas Group, we’re serving to remodel the world’s seafood markets and promote the perfect environmental and social aquaculture efficiency.”
The ASC Shrimp Standard was developed by a whole bunch of stakeholders globally, and the standard improvement course of adheres to ISEAL’s Code of fine Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards.
The usual addresses the potential environmental and social influence of farming such as loss of biodiversity, use of feed and water resources, disease administration, and results on local communities. Certified farms should present that they actively minimise their influence on the encompassing natural surroundings, and that they operate in a socially responsible manner, caring for his or her staff and working with the local people.
“Global aquaculture shrimp manufacturing is growing approximatively 10 % annually. It´s presently one of the best growth rates in aquaculture, so it´s great to see an increasing number of farms in Latin America building upon the example of Belize the place 90% of shrimp farms are ASC certified.” mentioned Andreas Lehnhoff, Director of WWF Guatemala / Mesoamerica.
WWF works with producers and patrons all through Central America who need to reduce their environmental footprint and source in a more accountable means. Farms that meet the ASC shrimp customary deliver environmental advantages akin to cleaner seabed, responsible use of water and feed and healthier shrimp because the standard addresses the transfer of viruses, which might cut back diseases. ASC certified farms also assist to preserve pure ecosystems, and respect native labour circumstances.
“The certification of the Granjas Marinas Group sites is an endorsement of their responsible practices. Through our Farmers In Transition Fund (Fit) we assist producers which can be clear of their want to satisfy the best standards for shrimp aquaculture. Our goal is to increase the accountable manufacturing of shrimp globally,” said Roy van Daatselaar, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH).