Following a successful inaugural shrimp summit in July 2022, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council(ASC) and Sustainable Shrimp Partnership (SSP) are hosting another summit on June 12-14, 2023 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. This year, shrimp buyers from all three major and promising export markets of Ecuador – North America, Europe, and Japan – have confirmed their participation.
“Connecting the marketplace to the producers is a vital part of our work at ASC in promoting ASC-certified shrimp and demonstrating how responsible aquaculture production works. We are very excited to bring major retailers from Japan to Ecuador, which is an important supplier to this market for high-quality shrimp,” Koji Yamamoto, ASC general manager in Japan, said in a press release.
“In the previous edition of the ASC shrimp summit, our esteemed North American guests explored the world of Ecuadorian shrimp. They experienced the commitments of SSP producers that embrace the best practices with the highest quality and social and environmental responsibility, complying with ASC label requirements, and with a special focus on zero use of antibiotics, neutral impact on water and full traceability. Their findings confirmed why Ecuador is the leading producer and exporter of shrimp in the world. This year, we are excited to expand this encounter to Europe and Asia, enabling more representatives from our three main markets to witness first-hand the exceptional efforts of our industry,” Pamela Nath, director of the SSP, added.
Ecuador is the world's leading shrimp producer and exporter of Pacific white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei), supplying all major shrimp markets such as Europe, China and the US. In 2022, Ecuador exported more than 1 million metric tonnes of shrimp, reaching 66 countries, and adding $6.7 billion in exports.
A packed and exciting agenda awaits the participants of the ASC shrimp summit in Guayaquil, a port city located in southern Ecuador. During the visit, participants will tour ASC-certified farms and processing plants to see first-hand what responsible aquaculture production looks like. The tour also includes a visit to a feed mill, an important aspect of responsible seafood farming, which is now covered by the ASC Feed Standard.
Click here to read about the inaugural 2022 ASC shrimp summit.