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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Shrimp, Whiteleg

Litopenaeus vannamei

Method

Farmed

Indoor recirculating tank (with wastewater treatment)

Location

Worldwide

Overall Rating

6.91 / 10

Summary

The Ocean Wise recommendation for this seafood variety comes from a global assessment of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) across species. This global report was possible because many aspects of RAS (i.e. the fundamental characteristics of the aquaculture method) are similar regardless of the species cultured. Should a species specific assessment exists for this aquaculture method, this report will take precedent for an Ocean Wise recommendation.


Note: All Ocean Wise recommendations for recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) apply only to seafood products grown exclusively in RAS facilities through harvest at the end of grow out. It does not apply to seafood products that were raised in RAS hatcheries and transitioned to other production systems for the grow out period.


Escapes: RAS is a land based aquaculture method where production occurs in buildings and tanks. In addition, tank-based RAS utilize multiple screens and secondary capture devises. In combination, this setup ensures physical separation of the culture area from the natural environment minimizing the risk of escapes.


Disease: Disease transmission to the wild is low. RAS discharge limited volumes of water and have the ability to control and treat all discharges. Many facilities utilize ozonation and UV irradiation to disinfect water and maintain water quality.


Feed: Feed use and subsequent environmental impacts are highly species-specific, with some species requiring high levels of fishmeal and fish oil in their diets, which is often sourced from wild capture fisheries, while others can be grown commercially on a feed containing no animal ingredients. There are ongoing advancements in aquaculture feeds (particularly reductions in the use of fishmeal and fish oil) and their efficiency of use (i.e., the feed conversion ratio, FCR), making this an area of continued improvement for RAS operations.

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  • Indoor recirculating tank (with wastewater treatment)
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Shrimp, Giant Freshwater Prawn

Macrobrachium rosenbergii

Method

Farmed

Indoor recirculating tank (with wastewater treatment)

Location

Worldwide

Overall Rating

6.91 / 10

Summary

The Ocean Wise recommendation for this seafood variety comes from a global assessment of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) across species. This global report was possible because many aspects of RAS (i.e. the fundamental characteristics of the aquaculture method) are similar regardless of the species cultured. Should a species specific assessment exists for this aquaculture method, this report will take precedent for an Ocean Wise recommendation.


Note: All Ocean Wise recommendations for recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) apply only to seafood products grown exclusively in RAS facilities through harvest at the end of grow out. It does not apply to seafood products that were raised in RAS hatcheries and transitioned to other production systems for the grow out period.


Escapes: RAS is a land based aquaculture method where production occurs in buildings and tanks. In addition, tank-based RAS utilize multiple screens and secondary capture devises. In combination, this setup ensures physical separation of the culture area from the natural environment minimizing the risk of escapes.


Disease: Disease transmission to the wild is low. RAS discharge limited volumes of water and have the ability to control and treat all discharges. Many facilities utilize ozonation and UV irradiation to disinfect water and maintain water quality.


Feed: Feed use and subsequent environmental impacts are highly species-specific, with some species requiring high levels of fishmeal and fish oil in their diets, which is often sourced from wild capture fisheries, while others can be grown commercially on a feed containing no animal ingredients. There are ongoing advancements in aquaculture feeds (particularly reductions in the use of fishmeal and fish oil) and their efficiency of use (i.e., the feed conversion ratio, FCR), making this an area of continued improvement for RAS operations.

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  • Indoor recirculating tank (with wastewater treatment)
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Shrimp, Giant Tiger Prawn

Penaeus monodon

Method

Farmed

Indoor recirculating tank (without wastewater treatment)

Location

Worldwide

Overall Rating

6.63 / 10

Summary

The Ocean Wise recommendation for this seafood variety comes from a global assessment of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) across species. This global report was possible because many aspects of RAS (i.e. the fundamental characteristics of the aquaculture method) are similar regardless of the species cultured. Should a species specific assessment exists for this aquaculture method, this report will take precedent for an Ocean Wise recommendation.


Note: All Ocean Wise recommendations for recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) apply only to seafood products grown exclusively in RAS facilities through harvest at the end of grow out. It does not apply to seafood products that were raised in RAS hatcheries and transitioned to other production systems for the grow out period.


Escapes: RAS is a land based aquaculture method where production occurs in buildings and tanks. In addition, tank-based RAS utilize multiple screens and secondary capture devises. In combination, this setup ensures physical separation of the culture area from the natural environment minimizing the risk of escapes.


Disease: Disease transmission to the wild is low. RAS discharge limited volumes of water and have the ability to control and treat all discharges. Many facilities utilize ozonation and UV irradiation to disinfect water and maintain water quality.


Feed: Feed use and subsequent environmental impacts are highly species-specific, with some species requiring high levels of fishmeal and fish oil in their diets, which is often sourced from wild capture fisheries, while others can be grown commercially on a feed containing no animal ingredients. There are ongoing advancements in aquaculture feeds (particularly reductions in the use of fishmeal and fish oil) and their efficiency of use (i.e., the feed conversion ratio, FCR), making this an area of continued improvement for RAS operations.

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  • Indoor recirculating tank (without wastewater treatment)
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Shrimp, Giant Tiger Prawn

Penaeus monodon

Method

Farmed

Indoor recirculating tank (with wastewater treatment)

Location

Worldwide

Overall Rating

6.91 / 10

Summary

The Ocean Wise recommendation for this seafood variety comes from a global assessment of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) across species. This global report was possible because many aspects of RAS (i.e. the fundamental characteristics of the aquaculture method) are similar regardless of the species cultured. Should a species specific assessment exists for this aquaculture method, this report will take precedent for an Ocean Wise recommendation.


Note: All Ocean Wise recommendations for recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) apply only to seafood products grown exclusively in RAS facilities through harvest at the end of grow out. It does not apply to seafood products that were raised in RAS hatcheries and transitioned to other production systems for the grow out period.


Escapes: RAS is a land based aquaculture method where production occurs in buildings and tanks. In addition, tank-based RAS utilize multiple screens and secondary capture devises. In combination, this setup ensures physical separation of the culture area from the natural environment minimizing the risk of escapes.


Disease: Disease transmission to the wild is low. RAS discharge limited volumes of water and have the ability to control and treat all discharges. Many facilities utilize ozonation and UV irradiation to disinfect water and maintain water quality.


Feed: Feed use and subsequent environmental impacts are highly species-specific, with some species requiring high levels of fishmeal and fish oil in their diets, which is often sourced from wild capture fisheries, while others can be grown commercially on a feed containing no animal ingredients. There are ongoing advancements in aquaculture feeds (particularly reductions in the use of fishmeal and fish oil) and their efficiency of use (i.e., the feed conversion ratio, FCR), making this an area of continued improvement for RAS operations.

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  • Indoor recirculating tank (with wastewater treatment)
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Shrimp, Whiteleg

Litopenaeus vannamei

Method

Farmed

Indoor recirculating tank (without wastewater treatment)

Location

Worldwide

Overall Rating

6.63 / 10

Summary

The Ocean Wise recommendation for this seafood variety comes from a global assessment of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) across species. This global report was possible because many aspects of RAS (i.e. the fundamental characteristics of the aquaculture method) are similar regardless of the species cultured. Should a species specific assessment exists for this aquaculture method, this report will take precedent for an Ocean Wise recommendation.


Note: All Ocean Wise recommendations for recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) apply only to seafood products grown exclusively in RAS facilities through harvest at the end of grow out. It does not apply to seafood products that were raised in RAS hatcheries and transitioned to other production systems for the grow out period.


Escapes: RAS is a land based aquaculture method where production occurs in buildings and tanks. In addition, tank-based RAS utilize multiple screens and secondary capture devises. In combination, this setup ensures physical separation of the culture area from the natural environment minimizing the risk of escapes.


Disease: Disease transmission to the wild is low. RAS discharge limited volumes of water and have the ability to control and treat all discharges. Many facilities utilize ozonation and UV irradiation to disinfect water and maintain water quality.


Feed: Feed use and subsequent environmental impacts are highly species-specific, with some species requiring high levels of fishmeal and fish oil in their diets, which is often sourced from wild capture fisheries, while others can be grown commercially on a feed containing no animal ingredients. There are ongoing advancements in aquaculture feeds (particularly reductions in the use of fishmeal and fish oil) and their efficiency of use (i.e., the feed conversion ratio, FCR), making this an area of continued improvement for RAS operations.

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  • Indoor recirculating tank (without wastewater treatment)
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Shrimp, Giant Freshwater Prawn

Macrobrachium rosenbergii

Method

Farmed

Indoor recirculating tank (without wastewater treatment)

Location

Worldwide

Overall Rating

6.63 / 10

Summary

The Ocean Wise recommendation for this seafood variety comes from a global assessment of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) across species. This global report was possible because many aspects of RAS (i.e. the fundamental characteristics of the aquaculture method) are similar regardless of the species cultured. Should a species specific assessment exists for this aquaculture method, this report will take precedent for an Ocean Wise recommendation.


Note: All Ocean Wise recommendations for recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) apply only to seafood products grown exclusively in RAS facilities through harvest at the end of grow out. It does not apply to seafood products that were raised in RAS hatcheries and transitioned to other production systems for the grow out period.


Escapes: RAS is a land based aquaculture method where production occurs in buildings and tanks. In addition, tank-based RAS utilize multiple screens and secondary capture devises. In combination, this setup ensures physical separation of the culture area from the natural environment minimizing the risk of escapes.


Disease: Disease transmission to the wild is low. RAS discharge limited volumes of water and have the ability to control and treat all discharges. Many facilities utilize ozonation and UV irradiation to disinfect water and maintain water quality.


Feed: Feed use and subsequent environmental impacts are highly species-specific, with some species requiring high levels of fishmeal and fish oil in their diets, which is often sourced from wild capture fisheries, while others can be grown commercially on a feed containing no animal ingredients. There are ongoing advancements in aquaculture feeds (particularly reductions in the use of fishmeal and fish oil) and their efficiency of use (i.e., the feed conversion ratio, FCR), making this an area of continued improvement for RAS operations.

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  • Indoor recirculating tank (without wastewater treatment)
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Canada northern and striped shrimp

Variety

Shrimp, Northern

Pandalus borealis

Method

Wild

Trawls

Location

FAO Area 18 (Arctic Sea) and Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Canada northern and striped shrimp

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Canada northern and striped shrimp

Variety

Shrimp, Northern

Pandalus borealis

Method

Wild

Trawls

Location

FAO Area 18 (Arctic Sea) and Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Canada northern and striped shrimp

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Canada northern and striped shrimp

Variety

Shrimp, Northern

Pandalus borealis

Method

Wild

Trawls

Location

FAO Area 18 (Arctic Sea) and Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Canada northern and striped shrimp

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Canada northern and striped shrimp

Variety

Shrimp, Northern

Pandalus borealis

Method

Wild

Trawls

Location

FAO Area 18 (Arctic Sea) and Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Canada northern and striped shrimp

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Canada northern and striped shrimp

Variety

Shrimp, Aesop

Pandalus montagui

Method

Wild

Trawls

Location

FAO Area 18 (Arctic Sea) and Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Canada northern and striped shrimp

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Variety

Shrimp, Blue

Litopenaeus stylirostris

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how ASC Standards for Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Variety

Shrimp, Banana Prawn

Fenneropenaeus merguiensis

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how ASC Standards for Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Naturland

Variety

Shrimp, Giant Tiger Prawn

Penaeus monodon

Method

Farmed

Ponds

Location

Eco-Certification

Naturland

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Naturland Certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how the Naturland Standards for Organic Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Variety

Shrimp, Whiteleg

Litopenaeus vannamei

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how ASC Standards for Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Naturland

Variety

Shrimp, Whiteleg

Litopenaeus vannamei

Method

Farmed

Ponds

Location

Eco-Certification

Naturland

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Naturland Certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how the Naturland Standards for Organic Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Variety

Shrimp, Giant Tiger Prawn

Penaeus monodon

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how ASC Standards for Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Variety

Shrimp, Greasyback

metapenaeus ensis

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how ASC Standards for Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Variety

Shrimp, Northern

Pandalus borealis

Method

Wild

Trawls

Location

FAO Area 18 (Arctic Sea) and Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Canada northern and striped shrimp

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery does not meet conservation standards to become OWS recommended. The fishery in this unit of certification did not pass the MSC assessment process.

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Variety

Shrimp, Giant Tiger Prawn

Penaeus monodon

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Global Aquaculture Alliance

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Global Aquaculture Alliance BAP (GAA) certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how GAA Standards for Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Variety

Shrimp, Common

Crangon crangon

Method

Wild

Trawls

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Wash Brown Shrimp

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries, but not all. Learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery does not meet conservation standards to become Ocean Wise recommended. MSC Principle 2 < 84.5. and contains open conditions regarding endangered, protected and/or threatened (ETP) species.

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Variety

Shrimp, Whiteleg

Litopenaeus vannamei

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Global Aquaculture Alliance

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Global Aquaculture Alliance BAP (GAA) certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how GAA Standards for Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Under Review

Under Review

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Gulf of St Lawrence Northern shrimp trawl fishery

Variety

Shrimp, Northern

Pandalus borealis

Method

Wild

Trawls

Location

FAO Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Gulf of St Lawrence Northern shrimp trawl fishery

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise is currently unable to recommend this fishery as up to date scientific data to inform assessment is unavailable (MSC certification expired). Assessment is a priority for OW once the fishery is re-certified. Note: All product taken from the water prior to the Sept 2019 expiration is still able to carry the Ocean Wise label.

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