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หัวข้อ: Global abalone farming standards enter last process
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The standards will check the adverse environmental and social impact of global abalone aquaculture. (Photo: WWF)

Global abalone farming standards enter last process

Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 02:30 (GMT + 9)

The last step in the process of developing global standards for responsible abalone farming began on Thursday and will run through 31 August. The Abalone Aquaculture Dialogue launched the last public comment period for the draft standards last week.

The standards will address and help minimise the major negative environmental and social impacts pertaining to the abalone aquaculture industry. Impacts include the infection of other aquatic species with diseases, the destruction of habitat for the creation of farms, energy use, waste management, water pollution and social responsibility.

Feedback obtained during the 60-day public comment period will be used by the Dialogue’s Steering Committee to complete the standards in this year’s fourth quarter. The committee manages the standards development process and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) coordinates the Dialogue.
“Since the Dialogue began in 2008, one of our priorities has been encouraging input from as many people as possible who have expertise and on-the-ground experience related to abalone aquaculture,” said Steering Committee member Laura Rogers-Bennett of the University of California - Davis. “We will continue to do so through this comment period and are confident that the additional feedback we receive will help to strengthen the standards document and ensure that the standards will support environmentally sustainable abalone farming worldwide.”
The draft standards are founded on the latest scientific findings on abalone farming, plus feedback from the 100 producers, academics, conservationists and others who attended the Dialogue and outreach meetings hosted in Thailand, South Africa and Australia.
This version of the standards document also takes into account input given during the first public comment period. The significant changes made in response to that input include a more thorough explanation with corresponding references for the effluent standards and a new standard for supervising the use of freshwater.
These will be the first global standards for abalone aquaculture created through an open, transparent process abiding by the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labeling Alliance’s renowned guidelines for developing standards. The process promotes input from a wide and diverse group of people and guarantees that their ideas will be considered by the full Dialogue.
Four sets of draft standards (pangasius, abalone, shrimp and bivalves) are now being reviewed and one set of standards (tilapia) is completed. All of the standards are anticipated to be finalised within about six months.

The Dialogue standards will be provided to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) to manage when the council becomes operational next year. The ASC will be responsible for working with independent, third party entities to certify farms that are complying with the standards.

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By Natalia Real