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Responsible Aquaculture

Ensuring responsible aquaculture

Business Challenge

Aquaculture supplies 50% of all aquatic products for human consumption worldwide. Aquaculture has seen a steady growth over the past two decades and has strongly contributed to the worldwide decrease in fishing.

Sustainability concerns for aquaculture products have pushed producers, processors, wholesalers and distributors to demonstrate the health and well-being of the animals, food safety, quality of feed, environmental protection and social responsibility. To this end, they seek to ensure the sustainability of their business by proving their responsible contribution to the aquaculture industry.

Responsible Aquaculture Solutions: Organic, FOS, GlobalGAP and our recognition services

Bureau Veritas offers several services tailored to your company specific needs:

  • BIO / Organic eco-label (Organic aquaculture) regarding European regulation (N°710/2009 -889/2008) and other national or private standards developed and recognized in production countries 
  • Friend of the Sea® eco-label: evaluation at farm and processing level regarding FOS standard 
  • Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) ecolabel with Responsible Aquaculture farm certification and Chain of Custody certification (harvest, processor, importer and retailer)
  • Global G.A.P: certification at farm, feed and processing level regarding the Food Plus standard 
  • Bureau Veritas Responsible Aquaculture Recognition: for an integrated production chain (hatchery, growing farm, feed, slaughterhouse, processing)

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Seafood expertise 

Bureau Veritas assists in every step of the seafood supply chain to ensure the highest standards are met along with Quality, Health & Safety, Environmental and Social Responsibility compliance. 

Major retailers have chosen Bureau Veritas for its seafood supply chain expertise and ship owners and food processing plants can benefit from Bureau Veritas’ complete marine services.


With a presence in over 140 countries worldwide, Bureau Veritas offers both international expertise and in-depth knowledge of local standards.

Mark of global recognition 

The Bureau Veritas mark is a widely recognized symbol of your organization’s ongoing commitment to excellence, sustainability and reliability.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which eco-label do I chose for the European market?

    BIO/EU Organic certification has the best consumer, government and NGO recognition. This is the best choice if your production methods and processes are compatible to Organic technical specifications (European regulation 889/2008).

  • What is the content for ASC certification?

    Created in 2011, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has begun an accreditation & certification process for aquaculture farms on two species: Tilapia and Panga. The aquaculture standard integrates environmental and social impact performance indicators.
    When the farm is certified, the supply chain will be certified “ASC Chain of Custody” (similar to MSC) in order for the products to use the logo, visible to consumers. This traceability certification will prove the seafood came from a certified ASC farm. Salmon, Trout and Bivalves (mussels, scallops, oysters) will be integrated in 2013 into the accreditation and certifcation.

  • For my “responsible sourcing,” what is the best choice for improving my brand?

    You could use existing eco-labels to improve your visibility (BIO, FOS or ASC*). 

    Or you could decide to improve your supplies and demonstrate compliance with external evaluations. In this case, Bureau Veritas proposes a “business-to-business” solution with the Bureau Veritas recognition process for a responsible aquaculture integrated supply chain. The criteria are developed with you, your producer and Bureau Veritas supervision. 

    *Aquaculture Stewardship Council

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