Sustainable aquaculture and aquatic resources management

Report of the Beijing Expert workshop on Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification

Published: 29/5/2008 | 3199 views

This document provides the report of the Beijing FAO/NACA/Government of China Expert Workshop on Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification, Beijing, China 6-8 May 2008. The Expert Workshop on Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification was held in Beijing, P.R. China from 6 to 8 May 2008, hosted by the Government of China. The workshop was jointly organised and conducted by FAO, NACA, the Chinese Academy of Fisheries Science and the Department for Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China. The workshop is the fifth in a series of workshops and consultations to prepare the international guidelines for aquaculture certification. This workshop had a strong emphasis on aquaculture products from China, and explored opportunities and challenges for implementing the certification guidelines in China towards improving overall aquatic production and trade of aquaculture products nationally, regionally, and globally. The Expert Workshop was attended by 65 participants, including aquaculture experts and stakeholders from government agencies, private business, and agencies involved in certification schemes and food safety from China, as well as international experts from FAO, NACA and SEAFDEC. The workshop considered that international guidelines for aquaculture certification are of significant relevance to the current development of aquaculture and aquaculture certification schemes in China, providing a useful basis for development of standards and mechanisms for certification of aquaculture products in China. The participants provided a number of specific recommendations to the draft version of the international guidelines and implementation issues and mechanisms as detailed in this report.

Report of the FAO/NACA/Gov. Brazil Expert Workshop on Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification

Published: 5/10/2007 | 2919 views
This report is the final draft of the FAO/NACA/Government of Brazil Expert Workshop on Guidelines for aquaculture Certification held in Fortaleza, Brazil during 31 July - 3 August 2007.

The workshop was attended by 57 participants from 13 countries, including several major aquaculture producing and consuming nations. The participants included experts from government agencies, private business, experts involved in certification schemes and food safety, and non-government organizations.

The workshop gave stakeholders in the Americas a unique opportunity to get together with international stakeholders to discuss certification and in particular the development of the draft FAO/NACA guidelines for aquaculture certification. The workshop participants worked in groups to further develop and build consensus on the guidelines. The process and the development of the guidelines were supported by all participants and it was agreed to continue the process to develop the guidelines document further after the workshop.

The workshop recommended that there is a strong need for an aquaculture certification guideline document to inform and guide stakeholders towards responsible and sustainable aquaculture. The first draft guideline document based on the meeting in Bangkok, Thailand in March 2007 is a good base to further develop the guidelines. Overall the guidelines are on the right track but more work and stakeholder input is still needed to finalize the document. The workshop noted that it is important to have a set of minimum requirements in the final version of the guidelines document. A number of comments related to this chapter in the guidelines were given at the Brazil workshop and the chapter should be developed along these recommendations and comments.

Background and Agenda for Brazil Expert Workshop on Aquaculture Certification

Published: 3/7/2007 | 2822 views

Background and Agenda for Expert Workshop on Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification, July 31 - August 3, 2007, Fortaleza, Brazil. The expert workshop is organised by FAO and NACA, and hosted by the Government of Brazil, in response to the recommendations of the Aquaculture Sub-committee (ASC) of the FAO Committee on Fisheries. This workshop is the second in a series of expert meetings to assist the development of guidelines for aquaculture certification, being hosted in Brazil, with a strong emphasis on aquaculture products from aquaculture producers in the Americas. Further background is provided in a separate Concept Note available at

Presentation: Development of Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification at a NGO meeting

Published: 15/6/2007 | 1946 views

FAO/NACA joint presentation at "Learning and exchange on engagement with the tropical shrimp industry" held in Bali, Indonesia during 17-18 May 2007. The meeting was arranged by SEAFISH and Oxfam Novib, and attended by representatives from the private shrimp sector, other NGO?s, ISEAL and EUREPGAP, a standard setting body from Europe, and FAO/NACA. One of the meeting conclusions was that development of guidelines for aquaculture certification is important especially in order to involve small-scale farmers. Also the impact from aquaculture on surrounding stakeholders is of importance for the group which mainly represent small-scale fishermen in the South-East Asian region. It was underlined by the NGO group that there are indeed common grounds to continue constructive dialogues for preparation of a widely accepted guideline documents.

Report of the FAO/NACA/Gov. Thailand Expert Workshop on Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification

Published: 12/6/2007 | 3605 views
This report is the final draft of the FAO/NACA/Government of Thailand Expert Workshop on Guidelines for aquaculture Certification held in Bangkok, Thailand during 27-30 March 2007.

The workshop addressed many of the key issues around the growing interest in certification of aquaculture products. The status and trends in aquaculture, experiences in certification of aquaculture products, certification standards, harmonization and equivalence among certification schemes, stakeholder involvement and ownership, costs and benefits, and the participation of small-scale farmers were among the wide ranging issues discussed during the workshop.

The document will be language and style edited and published as FAO Fisheries Report in due course.

Global Trade Conference on Aquaculture, May 2007 Qingdao, China

Published: 5/6/2007 | 2138 views
A joint presentation titled "Aquaculture Production, Certification and Trade: Challenges and Opportunities for the Small-Scale Farmer in Asia" by FAO and NACA, presented at the Global Trade Conference on Aquaculture. 29 -31 May 2007 Qingdao, China.

Expert workshop on Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification

Published: 17/4/2007 | 2134 views
Expert Workshop on Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification was held in Bangkok, 27-30 March 2007. Existing workshop documents and presentations are available for download by clicking the titles.

Workshop Documents

Programme Concept Notes

Workshop Background


Participants List


Expert Workshop on Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification: Introduction and Objectives
Rohana Subasinghe & Michael Phillips

Overview of Aquaculture Certification
Simon Funge Smith, Flavio Corsin & Jesper Clausen

FAO Guidelines for Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries
FAO Fisheries Department

International Regulatory Framework for fish and seafood safety
Lahsen Ababouch

Aquaculture Certification System in China
Chinese Academy of Fishery Science

Thailand Experiences in Aquaculture Certification
Department of Fisheries, Thailand

Challenges and Constraints in Adopting Certification from Thai Adopting Producers Point of Views
Tirawat Leepaisomboon

Accredited Fish Farm Scheme in Hong Kong
Chow Wing Kuen

Best Aquaculture Practices Standards for Certification
George Chamberlain

Compliance Evaluation and Certification of Environmental Regulation for Aquaculture in Chile
Alex Brown

Aquaculture Certification Perspectives from Brazil
Felipe M. Suplicy

Aquaculture certification perspectives from FEAP
Javier Ojeda

Aquaculture Certification: WWF?s Experiences Regarding Impacts, Standards and Certification
Jason W. Clay

An Introduction to EurepGAP: Facilitating Trade through Safe and Sustainable Agriculture
Nigel Garbutt

Small scale farmers

Introducing the ASEM Aquaculture Platform
Jean Dhont

NGO perspectives on aquaculture certification
Leo van Mulekom 

International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM): The Process of Certification
Deborah Brister

Organic Aquaculture Project
Tarlochan Singh 

Philippines Farm Registration and Inspection
Simeona E. Regidor, Sonia Somga and Joselito Somga

GAP and Shrimp farming Certification in Indonesia
Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries

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