September 7, 2022

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Seafood Legacy, a Japan-based social and environmental organisation, and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, an independent organisation that focuses on sustainable aquaculture.

Japan is recognised as having one of the world’s largest seafood markets. It is therefore believed that the country committing to responsible aquaculture would be influential in maintaining a more sustainable market around the world.

A growing number of companies in Japan have received certification from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, with 82 companies being certified by the non-profit labelling organisation as of August 2022. The number of consumers in Japan being aware of eco-labels is increasing, according to the ASC. In the latest survey from the organisation, it was found that consumer awareness in the country has grown by 150% between 2019 and 2021.

“We recognise that the aquaculture industry has a vital role to play in solving the problem of food shortage caused by an increasing global population. With the signing of this MoU, we will deepen our collaboration with the ASC and accelerate our contribution to the growth of Japan’s seafood industry to create a prosperous society for future generations,” said Wakao Hanaoka, CEO of Seafood Legacy Co, in a press release.

“The Japanese seafood industry consists of a large number of world-leading […] companies, as well as family businesses. The transformation of the industry towards more environmentally and socially responsible practices is only possible with consolidated efforts from stakeholders across the sector,” said Koji Yamamoto, ASC general manager for Japan.

“We at ASC are therefore delighted to be entering this agreement with Seafood Legacy Co. who will be essential in helping to achieve this transformation.”

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