Sustainable aquaculture and aquatic resources management

Self-use manual on group formation and group certification of small-scale aqua-farmers

Published: 9/1/2012 | 2863 views
Responding to the emergent stakeholder concerns such as environmental sustainability, social equity, animal health and welfare, food quality and safety has become an immense challenge to the aqua-farmers. Certification acts as a tool of communication between the primary producer and the interest groups that assures them of a quality and safe market produce originated in an environmentally and socially accountable production system, however, aquaculture mostly being an enterprise of small and marginal farmers, obtaining certification as individuals is financially prohibitive and impractical. An innovative solution for this is ‘group certification’, which divides the cost and responsibility among the partners, enabling them to attain accreditation for their production process and remain in the industry.

This manual is expected to assist small scale aqua-farmers in the region by providing guidelines to implement BMPs through a cluster/group management approach and access markets through participating in group certification programs of their choice. This can also be used by the field extension officers and certifiers who are directly involved in the process and other parties who are interested in being informed about the concepts and practice of aqua-farmer group formation, group functioning and certification.

Guidelines on Aquaculture Society Certification

Published: 14/3/2011 | 2357 views
These guidelines are the key output of the MPEDA/NaCSA/NACA collaborative project on the certification of aquaculture societies.

Draft guidelines developed by the project partners were discussed at the inception meeting on aquacutlure society certifiction held at Kakinada during 1-2 September 2009. The meeting was attended by leaders of the aquaculture societies, representatives of certifying bodies and institutions.

As per the recommendations of the inception meeting, pilot testing of group certification was carried out during January to September 2010 in three societies and the draft guidelines were revised in October 2010, considering the lessons learnt from the pilot testing.

The guidelines developed are independent of commodity and certification standards. The guidelines prepare and enable aquaculture societies to seek group certification from independent third party certification programmes.

Draft Guidelines on Aquaculture Society Certification

Published: 31/3/2010 | 3258 views
These draft guidelines aim to support farming societies / groups to seek certification from independent third party certifiers. They could also be used for proposing voluntary branding by the Aqua Societies themselves.

The draft guidelines are based on the deliberations (keeping in mind the challenges faced by the small scale farmers and the stringency of standard set by certification bodies) of the inception meeting on Aquaculture Society Certification held at Kakinada, India, from 1-2 September 2009. The meeting was attended by leaders of farmer societies, representatives of certifying bodies and central organisations / institutions, in addition to representatives of MPEDA, NaCSA and NACA.

Certification of Aquaculture Societies: Improving production and facilitating market access

Published: 31/3/2010 | 2510 views
This brochure has aims to support farming Societies (Group) to seek certification from independent third party certifiers or could be used for proposing voluntary branding by the Aqua Societies themselves. This brochure is the simplified version of the Guidelines documents Draft Guidelines on Aquaculture Society Certification developed under the MPEDA-NaCSA-NACA project initiated in 2009.

Environmental Code of Practice for Australian Prawn Farmers

Published: 17/9/2005 | 3084 views
This industry code sets out requirements and standards which must be met by members of the Australian Prawn Farmers Association. The Code was developed with support of the Queensland Environment Protection Agency and was released for public comment and review in May 2000. The public comments was included in the code and it was published in September 2001.

The International Standard for the Trade in Live Reef Food Fish

Published: 30/6/2006 | 2846 views
Coral reefs are some of the most biologically productive and diverse ecosystems on Earth. They support thousands of species of fish, invertebrates, algae, plankton, sea grasses and other organisms. They have great commercial, recreational, cultural and aesthetic value. They provide shoreline protection, areas of natural beauty and sources of food, jobs and pharmaceuticals. They are the focus of a wide range of activities, including education, research, recreation, tourism and fishing.

At the same time, most coral reef ecosystems around the world are being degraded and severely threatened by human activities including land-based pollution, over-fishing, destructive collection and fishing practices, reef mining, coastal development, vessel groundings, siltation and climate change.

The live reef food fish (LRFF) fisheries provide a livelihood for many fishers in coastal communities around the world, in areas where there are few alternatives, and the LRFF trade represents a valuable source of income for exporting countries. Live reef food fish attract premium prices and are potentially low-volume, high-value fisheries that can ?add value? to a region?s reef fisheries if implemented responsibly.

These fisheries, however, are synonymous with destructive fishing practices and over-fishing that damage not only the marine environment but also the economies and social fabric of coastal fishing communities dependent on coral reef resources. The longer-term negative impacts of unmanaged LRFF fisheries on fish stocks and traditional fishing communities that target them are now apparent in many countries.

Responsible management of these fisheries is needed to ensure sustainable use of marine resources and the conservation of coral reefs for the benefit of future generations.

Alternatives to the harvesting of wild live reef food fish (for example, hatchery-based aquaculture) are also important. While the move from wild-caught to cultured live reef food fish as a source of market product is seen as a significant way of taking pressure off species, particularly those that are highly fished or endangered, these activities are seen to have their own sustainability issues.

Participants in the trade in live reef food fish, whether wild-caught or farm-raised, wish to ensure that they operate in a responsible manner to ensure sustainable use of the resource.

This voluntary LRFF Standard is being produced through an international consultation process and covers the capture of wild live reef food fish; the aquaculture of live reef food fish; and the handling, holding distribution and marketing of live reef food fish. It is aimed at being a standard to which all responsible members of the LRFF trade will adhere so as to enable the trade to continue for generations to come.

Source Water Quality for Aquaculture: A Guide for Assessment

Published: 10/5/2007 | 4282 views
This report reviews the quality standards for water and fish product, looks at the parameters of greatest importance to aquaculture, and discusses the scientific basis for these standards. It can provide government officials, field technicians, and task managers with necessary information to make informed judgments. The report also contains practical, step by step guidelines for use by task managers in determining whether the quality of the proposed source water will present a significant risk to the success of a project.

Bio Suiss organic standard for freshwater fish farming

Published: 5/11/2006 | 2854 views
Bio Suiss standards were developed for a certification system of organic agriculture products, including freshwater fish such as carp, char, trout and perch. The certification system is primarily targeting the products from Switzerland. Bio Suisse is an umbrella association of organic farming organizations and farms based in Switzerland.

MSC Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fishing

Published: 5/11/2006 | 2204 views
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has developed an environmental standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries, and uses a product label to reward environmentally responsible fishery management and practices. The standards were developed following an international consultation with stakeholders around the world. The MSC Standard is based on the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and was a result of eight workshops and two expert drafting sessions.
MSC is an independent, global, non-profit organization, working towards environmentally responsible fisheries through certification programmes.

International Standards for Organic Aquaculture / Production of Shrimp

Published: 3/1/2007 | 2751 views
Naturland standards and technical guidelines for the organic culture of Black Tiger Shrimp and other shrimp species cultured in Vietnam.

- General principles of farm management and animal husbandry
- Supplementary regulations for specific farming systems and animal species
- General requirements for organic certification

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