Clean Seas Seafood Limited Certification to Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Program


Following a successful application for Round 4 of the Building South Australia’s Premium Food and Wine Credentials Grant Program, JLB partnered with Clean Seas Seafood Limited (CSS) to further develop the company’s current management system, by embracing the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) program, and more specifically, the ASC Seriola and Cobia Standard 2016.

This support was recently justified, and the partnership found to be successful with CSS being informed by US-based Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) of ASC, SCS Global Services, that as of 26 June 2019 CSS may claim that their aquaculture products are the result of “Responsible Aquaculture Farming” and are eligible to be sold as ASC-certified.

Clean Seas farm yellowtail kingfish (Seriola iaiandi) in Spencer Gulf, South Australia; primarily at aquaculture lease sites and across production areas in Boston and Louth Bay, off the coast of Port Lincoln, South Australia. Within a broad socio-economic context, stakeholders in the marine finfish farming activities of this publicly listed company, include domestic and international parties from both public and private sectors.

The farm-gate value of SA’s marine finfish farming sector has grown considerably, from $1.8M AUD in 1991-92, to $6M AUD in 1994-95 to $27.1M AUD (2, 294 tonnes) in the 2016-17 season (EconSearch 2018) .

EconSearch (2018) also reported that the marine finfish industry created 69 direct jobs.

From CSAG’s farming activities in Boston Bay, the local Port Lincoln economy benefits in a number of ways – including encouragement of tourism, business for the network of chilled transport systems, and an active research infrastructure.

Founded in 2010 by WWF and IDH (Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative) the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is an independent not for profit organisation with global influence. ASC aims to be the world's leading certification and labeling program for responsibly farmed seafood. The ASC's primary role is to manage the global standards for responsible aquaculture, which were developed by the WWF Aquaculture Dialogues (comprising input from fish farmers, the fish processing industry, supermarkets and food service providers, NGOs, government organisations and scientific institutes).

The opportunity for South Australian government assistance to be granted to Clean Seas for the development of their management system by JLB Management Consultants and certification by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, will provide the necessary credentials to establish their products at a premium in competitive export markets into Europe and United States.

JLB has previously worked with the South Australian Oyster Growers’ Association (SAOGA) to develop an association based QHSE management system, following a successful application to Round 1 of Building South Australia’s Premium Food and Wine Credentials Grant Program.

Also, following a successful application to Round 2 of Building South Australia’s Premium Food and Wine Credentials Grant Program, JLB completed work with Coonawarra Wines to develop and implement a quality management system (ISO 9001:2015) through to certification. 

JLB Management Consulting has been Australia’s leader in management systems development, implementation and maintenance for over 30 years, specialising in Quality, Safety, Environmental, Asset Management, Information Security and Food Safety Management Systems.

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