Seagriculture 2018

7th International Seaweed Conference

6-7 November, Galway, Ireland

Meet your conference speakers

Patricia Bianchi

Marine Stewardship Council and Aquaculture Stewardship Council, UK

"Market based instruments to address environmental and social issues on seaweed cultivation and harvest"

MSc Patricia Bianchi has studied in the university of Wageningen, where she did her MSc in Evnironmental Science, with specification in Environmental Policy, specifically in market based instrument for environmental management. She joined the MSC in 2011, to work on the Policy team, focused on monitoring, evaluation and development of the fisheries and chain of custody standard. She worked on a series of projects on the development of the MSC fisheries standard, including guidance on technical areas, and ensuring the wide accessibility of the program, including to developing world and small scale fisheries. MSc Bianchi has been appointed as the seaweed account manager for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council and Marine Stewardship Council. Her role is central to managing the implementation and all practical aspects of certification against the standard.


Presentation

Building on each other’s expertise in standard setting and seafood certification, the ASC and MSC have developed the environmentally sustainable and socially responsible Seaweed Standard. The ASC-MSC Seaweed (Algae) Standard applies globally to all locations and scales of seaweed operations, including both harvesting of wild population and cultivation (farms).

The ASC-MSC Standard also covers both marine and fresh water algae, and both macroalgae and microalgae. The ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard is the first third party certification scheme to address a full set of environmental and social issues related to wild harvest and cultured production of seaweed.

The current draft seaweed standard has been developed from MSC and ASC’s existing standards, in consultation with seaweed experts, that involved 2 rounds of public consultation, face to face workshops in Bali, China and Japan, and pilots in Asia and Europe. The standard comprises five core principles: Principle 1, Harvesting and farming of seaweeds are conducted in a manner that does not lead to depletion of the exploited wild populations and, for those populations that are depleted, harvesting operations are conducted in a manner that demonstrably leads to their recovery; Principle 2, Harvesting and farming activities allow for the maintenance of the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem (including habitat and associated dependent and ecologically related species) on which the activity depends; Principle 3: Harvesting and farming activities are subject to an effective management system that respects local, national and international laws and standards and incorporates institutional and operational frameworks that require use of the resource to be responsible and sustainable; Principle 4, Harvesting and farming activities operate in a socially responsible manner; and Principle 5, Harvesting and farming activities operate in a manner that minimizes impacts on other farms, activities and communities. The performance of the harvesting system or farm is scored against thirty-three Performance Indicators (PIs), each of which has one or more Scoring Issues (seventy in total).

The presentation will describe some of the details of these indicators, in addition to the assessment processes that will be required to achieve certification. The ASC-MSC standard enables producers to verify their production unit meets the environmental sustainability and socially responsible management of their resources by using a credible, independent third-party assessment process. Certified harvesters and farms can be recognised and rewarded in the marketplace, with an assurance to consumers that their products come from well-managed and sustainable sources.


Keywords:

Certification, sustainability, responsibility, market-based