The summit promises to unite shrimp farmers, retailers and suppliers and give them a crash course in ASC certification.
Currently, Ecuador is the world’s leading producer and exporter of white shrimp, also known as Pacific white shrimp. In 2021, the country produced more than 2,267 million books and exported around 1,855 million books, which is worth nearly $5,078 million. Approximately 406 million pounds were exported to the United States alone, generating a 56% increase over 2020.
Organized in partnership with the Guayaquil-based Sustainable Shrimp Partnership (SSP), the two-day ASC Shrimp Summit will seek to unite local market sectors around reducing the environmental and social impacts of the shrimp industry. farmed shrimp from the region, with an emphasis on CSA Certification.
More than a dozen major North American seafood retailers and suppliers will attend, including senior representatives from Ahold Delhaize, Loblaws, Safeway and Disney.
During the seminar, participants will visit ASC-certified shrimp farms and processors to better understand responsible shrimp production. Educational panels will be held throughout the show, fostering open dialogue between farmers, processors and attendees, while allowing retailers to convey messages about their sustainability expectations under the ASC certification umbrella.
“As part of our ongoing strategy to connect the market directly to the country’s supply chain, we are excited to host this seminar and drive the growth of ASC-certified shrimp in Ecuador,” said Peter Redmond, Director principal of market development at ASC. . “We chose Ecuador for this first session due to its extensive low-density shrimp farming, lack of use of antibiotics, and safe, high-quality shrimp in the production of ASC-certified and labeled shrimp. With Ecuador’s high standards, we believe it is important that supply chain stakeholders see up close and personal what it means to practice sustainable shrimp production.
The ASC Global Shrimp Standard requires that all ASC-labeled shrimp be free of antibiotics, in line with Ecuador’s move away from antibiotics in the production of responsibly farmed shrimp to preserve the natural ecology delicate of the country. Driving this shift to a broader market to ensure safe and transparent practices and a healthy end product requires the efforts of multiple stakeholders, highlighting the importance of ASC’s continued work with SSP.
“Ecuador has always had an innovative aquaculture industry and is constantly adapting its processes to market trends and demands,” added Pamela Nath, director of the Sustainable Shrimp Partnership. “Having the opportunity to experience first-hand how best production practices are applied in the Ecuadorian shrimp industry through the SSP is essential. This demonstrates that the superior quality and safety profile of the product is the result of our growers’ experience and the exhaustive care they apply to every step of the production cycle, as well as the unique conditions provided by our natural ecosystems. Together with ASC, we are committed to improving customer and consumer access to high quality and reliable farmed shrimp.
The ASC hopes that the first “ASC Shrimp Summit” will pave the way for future perennial gatherings for seafood industry sectors to work collectively, continuously improving product production practices and quality. of the sea.