By 2050 the world’s population will reach 9.1 billion, 34% higher than today. In order to feed this larger population, food production must increase by 70%.
Today aquaculture accounts for over 50% of the fish destined for human consumption (FAO 2016).

With an expanding population coupled with the declining productivity of natural fisheries, aquaculture is expected to play an ever greater role in meeting this demand in the future.

However, there are major environmental concerns related to fish farming, including habitat destruction, organic and chemical pollution of nearby aquatic and benthic ecosystems, disease and parasite transmission to wild populations.

The Standard

Friend of the Sea has developed a standard of certification for aquaculture to minimise the negative effects of aquaculture operations, providing a tool for fish farming industry to develop while respecting the marine environment, preserving natural resources for the future.

Friend of the Sea Sustainable Aquaculture Certification criteria require:

  • no impact on critical habitat (e.g. mangroves, wetlands, etc.);
  • compliance with water quality parameters;
  • reduction of escapes to negligible levels;
  • no use of harmful antifouling nor growth hormones;
  • compliance with social accountability;
  • reduction of carbon footprint.
Friend of the Sea Sustainable Aquaculture Certification

Technical Documents


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Please fill out the online Preliminary Information Form (PIF) on Sustainable Aquaculture Certification:

  • All the information will be kept strictly confidential and implies NO commitment from your company.
  • The Friend of the Sea certification is voluntary and NOT mandatory to gain access to markets.
  • The application process is NOT discriminatory on size, scale, management and minimum number of operators.
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