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Current stage:

Issue Prioritisation Development Selection Implementation

Improvement overview

With global seaweed production increasing along with demand for certification of the seaweed industry, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) recognise the importance of having a standard that rewards sustainable seaweed production, and provides a benchmark for improvement.

Current status

At the 4th Seaweed Standard Committee meeting in July, the Seaweed Standard and Seaweed assessment process have been recommended for approval by the ASC and MSC Boards.

The ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard will be released in November. The Standard will be effective from 2 January 2018. Seaweed production units who wish to enter assessment against the Seaweed Standard can apply from 2 January 2018, or earlier subject to approval by ASC-MSC.

The latest round of public consultation has now closed.

Planned work

In order to ensure that auditors are appropriately trained to undertake audits of seaweed operations against the Seaweed Standard, ASC and MSC are organizing two in-person training sessions in the following locations and dates:


  • Environmental Training from Tuesday 17th October to Wednesday 18th October 2017
  • Social Training on London 19th October 2017


  • Environmental Training  from Tuesday 24th October to Wednesday 25th October  2017
  • Social Training on Thursday 26th October 2017

For further enquiries, or to register to the training events contact Patricia Bianchi ()

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