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Barramundi Group and WWF Singapore ink partnership towards the adoption of Aquaculture Stewardship Council standard

Barramundi Group aims to be the first aquaculture company to be ASC-certified in Singapore. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Barramundi Group has entered into a partnership with WWF-Singapore to conduct improvements to its Singapore farm sites in view of adding the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standard to its list of accolades

According to Barramundi, as part of this strategic engagement, WWF-Singapore will provide advice and guidance in terms of the implementation of the aquaculture improvement work plan, as well as mark out milestones to address gaps between current practices and the ASC standard. Throughout the work plan, WWF-Singapore is set to work closely with the group to ensure transparent tracking of the farm’s performance against the pre-established milestones. 

The execution and delivery of the project will take place at the new grow-out site between Lazarus and at St. John’s Island, as well as at the farm’s existing 2 sites in the south of Singapore.

In line with other international standards such as the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), the ASC certification is one of the hallmarks of the highest environmental and social sustainability standards for farmed seafood. Barramundi Group was the first company to secure a 4-star BAP rating in both Australia (in 2016) and Singapore (in 2018). Both BAP and ASC certifications are widely trusted and recognised by discerning seafood consumers globally.

Upon the successful attainment of the ASC standard, Barramundi Group aims to be the first aquaculture company to be ASC-certified in Singapore.

Andreas von Scholten, CEO of Barramundi Group, said, “It is our great privilege to have WWF-Singapore, an organisation with such a rich history and extensive international experience, to acknowledge and elevate the sustainability work that we do at Barramundi Group. Our partnership with WWF-Singapore is only the beginning of a long-term relationship that could accelerate Singapore’s journey to raising responsible seafood consumption. Further to this, we believe that this exercise will allow us to upskill considerably and enable us to replicate and scale these best practices across our farm operations in Australia and Brunei as well.”

R. Raghunathan, Chief Executive Officer, WWF-Singapore, said, “WWF-Singapore’s collaboration with Barramundi Group is an important step forward to increasing the domestic supply of responsible seafood supporting both the Green Plan 2030 and the “30 by 30” goal. It is also a critical milestone for our Responsible Seafood Action (REACT) programme, which aims to help Singapore develop into an internationally recognised hub for responsible aquaculture production while encouraging responsible seafood consumption by engaging stakeholders across the seafood value chain. We look forward to transforming Singapore’s aquaculture sector together.”