arrow_drop_up arrow_drop_down

ONLINE CONFERENCE

SEAGRICULTURE 2020
9th International Seaweed Conference

"Seaweeds: supporting the European Green Deal"
24 - 25 SEPTEMBER 2020

Patricia Bianchi,
Seaweed Account Manager, Aquaculture Stewardship Council and the Marine Stewardship Council, UK

 "Certification of Responsible Algae Production" 

About the speaker:
 Patricia Bianchi is the Seaweed Account Manager of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council and the Marine Stewardship Council. Her role is central to managing the ASC-MSC Seaweed Certification Program. Patricia supports the development and implementation of the seaweed standard, and supports seaweed research, stakeholder engagement and management activities. Patricia also develops capacity building programs on seaweed certification in America, Europe and Asia. Prior to taking up his post in 2017, she worked at the Marine Stewardship Council as a Senior Policy Manager where she supported the fisheries and chain of custody standard and certification process. Patricia has focused her career on market-based approaches such as certification and eco-labelling programs. She has studied in the University of Wageningen and holds a MSc in Environmental Science, and a BSc in biology from the University of Uruguay. Patricia has worked in social and environmental compliance and international organizations for more than 10 years.

Company info:

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) are independent not for profit organisations with global influence. The primary role of the ASC is to manage the global standards for responsible aquaculture, aiming to transform the aquaculture industry to a higher standard through a comprehensive certification program that prioritises the best environmental and social aquaculture performance. 

 

The, MSC runs the only certification and ecolabelling program for wild-capture fisheries.The MSC works with fishers, seafood companies, scientists, conservation groups, regulators and the public to promote fisheries best practices through its certification program and seafood ecolabel. When any buyer chooses to purchase MSC ecolabelled fish, certified fisheries are rewarded for their sustainable practices through market preference. The MSC and its partners encourage processors, suppliers, retailers, and consumers to give priority to purchasing seafood from MSC-certified fisheries and to demonstrate this through use of the MSC ecolabel

 

 Abstract: 
 The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) are independent not for profit organisations with global influence. The ASC and MSC run a comprehensive certification and ecolabelling program for seafood. The ASC and MSC and its partners encourage processors, suppliers, retailers, and consumers to give priority to purchasing MSC and ASC certified seafood.

 

Both organizations have developed together the ASC-MSC Algae Standard, which applies globally to all locations and scales of algae operations, including both macro and micro algae and both harvesting of wild population and cultivation. The science-based MSC-ASC environmental and social standard for responsible algae production offers a way to confirm sustainability, using a credible, independent third-party assessment process. It allows sustainable and responsible operations to be recognised and rewarded in the marketplace, giving an assurance to consumers that their algae (or by-products derived from them) come from a well-managed and sustainable source. 

 

The standard covers five core principles that covers the status of exploited wild populations; environmental impacts, effective management system that respects local, national and international laws, socially responsibility and community impacts. The third-party assessment process allows to identify and improve environmental and social challenges within specific algae production system. 

 

This presentation will describe the ASC and MSC programs and how the ASC-MSC seaweed standard enables producers to verify how their production unit meets the environmental sustainability and socially responsible management of their resources by using a credible, independent third-party assessment process. 

 

 Keywords: 
sustainable, certification, responsible, environment