Due to its nature, this sector is well aware that the success of its operations is directly related to the sustainable management of fishing populations, water quality, aquatic ecosystems, the environment and a good relationship with the communities surrounding its operations. In addition, this sector has included in its sustainability strategy aspects related to legislation, interaction with surrounding communities and their workers and other aspects of corporate social responsibility, as reflected and guaranteed through the International Certifications they hold. Those most common certifications are Best Aquaculture Practices of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (BAP/GAA), Aquaculture Stewardship Council of the World Wildlife Fund (ASC/WWF), Marine Stewardship Council of the World Wildlife Fund (MSC/WWF), GLOBALG.A.P, SMETA 4 pillars from Sedex, Naturland (organic aquaculture). These Certifications also include considerations on animal welfare, food safety, traceability, the environment and community relations.


Several Guatemalan companies in the Aquaculture and Fisheries Sector are certified under the ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) certification standard, which is designed to promote responsible production that minimizes the social and environmental impact of aquaculture; helping companies to position their brand as a leader in a competitive market.


Guatemalan tuna companies have the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification, which establishes the standards for sustainable fishing and traceability of sustainable fishing products. The standards include: 1) Fisheries Standard; 2) Chain of Custody Standard and; 3) MSC-ASC Seaweed Standard.


Companies in the Aquaculture and Fisheries Sector hold the BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices) Certification, which is the most comprehensive certification program for farmed seafood in the world. It is the only program that guarantees that the products grown are produced safely and sustainably at every step of the process.

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