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Translation helps ASC set the standard in Indonesia

Indonesia is the world's second largest fish farmer and produces more than 1 million tonnes of tilapia annually. Photo: GAA.
Indonesia is the world's second largest fish farmer and produces more than 1 million tonnes of tilapia annually. Photo: GAA.

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has translated its shrimp, tilapia, and tropical marine finfish standards and related guidance documents into Indonesian to help more farmers in the country work towards more responsible practices.

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Indonsesia is the world’s second largest producer of farmed fish, after China.

“As one of the most important aquaculture producers in the world, there is huge potential in Indonesia to minimise the environmental and social impacts of the industry,” said Mohammad Budi Santosa, ASC outreach manager for Indonesia.

“ASC is a global programme but key to our success is engaging with local producers and making the certification process as smooth as possible.

“These translations make the ASC programme more accessible, giving more farmers the opportunity to demonstrate they are operating in a responsible way, and if so, enjoy the benefits of ASC certification.” 

Wide benefits

Slamet Soebjakto, director general of aquaculture at the Indonesian fisheries ministry, said: “We want to help our farmers to demonstrate their activities with good practices.

“It is expected that these translations will help Indonesian farmers become more familiar with the ASC standards or environmental and social responsibility, which will benefit not only the farmers themselves, but also everyone who uses and enjoys our oceans, rivers and lakes.”

Tilapia and shrimp are among the most produced species in Indonesia, with around a million tonnes of tilapia and half a million tonnes of shrimp produced in 2015 according to official estimates.

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