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Improvement Program on Annual 500 Tons of Shrimp From Banyuwangi Has Successfully Received ASC Certification

Author: Dandy Eko Prasetiyo(Aquaculture Staff), M. A. Indira Prameswari(Seafood Savers Communication Assistant) -  
Translated: M. A. Indira Prameswari

The sorting process of whiteleg shrimp in PT Surya Windu Kartika before delivery to PT Surya Alam Tunggal. © Yayasan WWF Indonesia
The sorting process of whiteleg shrimp in PT Surya Windu Kartika before delivery to PT Surya Alam Tunggal. © Yayasan WWF Indonesia

On June 9th, 2021, PT Surya Alam Tunggal (PT SAT) and its supply chain PT Surya Windu Kartika (PT SWK) have successfully received Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) ecolabel certification. Located in East Java, both companies received ASC certificate on the two registered commodities in Seafood Savers, the whiteleg shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) and the black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) from their two blocks of pond with total production of 500 tons annually. This is a milestone for WWF-Indonesia through the Aquaculture Team of Seafood Savers and the member companies.

PT SAT through its supply chain, PT SWK, has successfully implemented the whole seven principles of ASC. The company’s commitment translates into its effort on completing the designed workplan in just under a year. The time spent for both companies to synchronize and prepare all the necessary documents and activities for ASC certification is eight months which started from the membership process in June 2020. During that period, the companies put their effort consistently in improving their aquaculture practices with WWF-Indonesia’s Aquaculture Improvement Program (AIP).

PT SWK’s improvement process started with gap assessment in its aquaculture practices. The results then were used as the foundation of the company’s improvement workplan, due diligence, and assistance in implementing the designed workplan. In accordance with ASC’s principles, the company conducted improvement towards a more sustainable farming, both for the environment and for the surrounding community. PT SAT and its supply chain were also assessed on environmental and social impact of its supply chain’s farming activity. These assessments are better known as BEIA (Biodiversity Environmental Impact Assessment) and pSIA (Participatory Social Impact Assessment). After the assessment processes, the companies were given recommendations and, in this case, companies had to fully fulfil the second principle of ASC. It took three months for the companies to conduct these assessments, started from October to December 2020.

Find out more about PT SAT’s initial improvement program here

The companies ran the AIP smoothly and swiftly, succeeding in fulfilling their legality requirements and the environmental impact improvement. This also includes regular DO saturation check in the effluent, conductivity condition in the water well and agriculture fields located near the ponds, and N & P monitoring in the effluent during harvest time. The Corporate Social Responsibility was also regularly done by PT SWK which includes contribution in street lighting instalment, road repair, and free freshwater access for the local community. After doing the preparation and the improvement, the Aquaculture Team of WWF-Indonesia did internal audit against the company. This audit was meant to exercise company’s readiness before the actual external audit from the certification body.

By the end of January 2021, the audit team found several findings that needed to be improved. However, the most challenging one is the coastal barrier condition near PT SWK. Results show that some part of PT SWK’s farms were located in the coastal barrier area less than the standard length of 100 meters. The company then chose to shut its crossing ponds and planted 1,200 pine trees on site. The plantation was done as recommended by the experts from BEIA and pSIA, which explained that some of the surrounding coastal vegetation is composed by pine trees. The planting activity involved not only PT SWK’s employees but also local communities, especially Bomo Village community elements.

PT SAT and its supply chain PT SWK have proven a great example and a pride to Seafood Savers for their full commitment. Both companies have done their improvement very well and took the issue very seriously. Their commitment was not triggered by mere business motivation, but more by the company’s responsibility in minimizing negative impacts against the environment as this improvement costs a lot of time, energy, and funds. Receiving the ecolabel certification is not an end, but rather a start of something bigger for the company to run full commitment in sustainable aquaculture practices. The monitoring activity will still be done regularly, and the company will also still perform their obligations sustainably as a company with integrity.

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