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ASC, SeaChoice butt heads over updated salmon sea lice standard

The two disagree about an amendment made by the ASC on July 11 regarding the use of the parasiticide treatment index (PTI) for the management of sea lice.

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) released a statement this week responding to accusations from watchdog NGO SeaChoice, stating that "SeaChoice’s criticism of the latest changes to the ASC Salmon Standard includes misleading inaccuracies and seeks to preemptively undermine the progress that will be made in addressing sea lice with the new approach."

The two have disagreed about an amendment introduced by the ASC on July 11 regarding the use of the parasiticide treatment index (PTI) for the management of sea lice, which has been revoked so that farms are judged based on best practice in their geographic area and then allowed to remain certified until they meet the required global standard.

In a press release, SeaChoice claimed it would dramatically increase the number of chemical treatments allowed by the certification body, up to 350 percent depending on the region.

ASC responded that the change was founded on years of data collection. "We found that while PTI was an innovative solution at the time, advances in technology and knowledge since then have left it less effective."

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