ASC Pioneers Digital Traceability for Shrimp

The Key Data Elements (KDE) project of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has made digital supply chain traceability of shrimp products with ASC certification possible. Retailers will have a better level of program assurance through increased farm origin and supply chain data transparency by leveraging the power of technology to improve visibility of each product’s journey to market.

Through processing, packing, and transportation to retailers, the ground-breaking project has created software that can digitally capture and transmit critical data from ASC certified farms and feed suppliers. Using a special code, the data is digitally sent from one company to the next when the product is transported around the supply chain.

ASC has worked extensively with supply chain business partners, stakeholders, and significant seafood traceability programs like the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) to accomplish this goal. This has helped to guarantee that the project is coordinated and has common goals and outcomes.

Scientific names of species, stock sizes and volumes, broodstock sources, production techniques, countries of origin and farm locations, movement and transportation documents, sources and certification status of feed ingredients, processor type, date of freezing, and sales records are all pertinent KDEs that are recorded. The information gathered supports traceability, which in turn strengthens program assurance and integrity.

“We are very excited to pioneer digital traceability within the global seafood farming sector starting with our work on shrimp through the KDE Project. This is a huge part of ASC’s continuous efforts to increase integrity and assurance for ASC-certified and labelled shrimp products as they move through the supply chain. The data transmitted digitally ensures not only transparency and traceability across the supply chain but the ability to also attach other product information of value to the end buyer. This tool gives all stages in the supply chain a better understanding of the origin of the products they are purchasing. We will also be exploring in the future how this tool can bring additional value to our customers,” said ASC CEO, Chris Ninnes.

ASC differs from several other programs in that tracking and verification methods start before harvest thanks to the inclusion of hatchery name and stocking data.

An extensive database has already been created as a result of the study, and as it progresses, the list of things that were collected will change.

During this initial stage, the UK retailer Sainsbury’s and their supplier, Lyons Seafoods Ltd., are the KDE project champions. They are collaborating closely with ASC to provide insightful supply chain feedback that will help to continuously enhance the project.

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