New Standards for Responsible Tilapia Aquaculture
Lake Harvest is taking a proactive position by participating in the Tilapia Aquaculture Dialogue (TAD) which was created in 2005 to help transform the aquaculture industry. This five-year initiative is coordinated by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) with the aim of creating standards which will reduce the negative environmental and social impacts associated with tilapia farming.
Global standards – called the International Standards for Responsible Tilapia Aquaculture (ISRTA) – were finalized in December 2009.
From 2011, a new entity - the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) - will be responsible for certifying farms that are in compliance with all of these standards. In the meantime, this role will be filled by GLOBALGAP, a private sector body that sets voluntary standards.
Lake Harvest is to have its second audit by GLOBALGAP early in 2010 and is aiming to be one of the first tilapia farms to meet the new ISRTA standards – thus certifying that our tilapia is raised in an environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible way.
To read the standards go to http://worldwildlife.org/tilapiastandardsNews added: 22nd January 2010