A wake-up call to the prawn certification industry serving western markets…get up to speed on aspirational market requirements…the onus is not on the farmer.

All well and good these initiatives.

The shrimp industry has always been pro-active about sustainability and other initiatives and is flexible enough to apply accordingly.

Those supplying western markets are well aware of requirements and have led on issues. The way to check though and satisfy downstream customers is via certifiable standards and lack of appropriate standards is where the issue is.

There are also markets where certification standards are less required. Take the example of eyestalk ablation – this has not been necessary for quite a while now in the industry – some companies though are slow on uptake because their markets do not care about this issue.

Certification bodies are the way to make sure conditions are adhered to but they also are following sentiment and aspirations – just not leading.