Join those changing the future of shrimp aquaculture

Achieving our vision for the sustainable future of shrimp aquaculture involves engaging more small and mid-sized farms in working towards the highest levels of environmental and social performance in order to produce the highest quality shrimp. By including more farms and regions into the SSP program we hope the raise the performance of the sector as a whole.

With the support and guidance of the SSP Advisory Board – IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) – we have developed the SSP Scale-up programme.

The SSP Scale Up Programme defines and facilitates a trajectory for any producer who wishes to improve their sustainability performance, and work towards achieving the SSP product qualification criteria. A bottoms-up approach to drive improvements in farm performance over time it is established in 3 levels:


Twenty two farms in Ecuador participated in SSP Improvement Program and worked towards achieving the Aquaculture Stewardship Council standard requirements to demonstrate a higher environmental and social performance. SSP Improvement Program was co-financed by The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), and WWF, SSP Advisory Board Members.
The improvement program begun by benchmarking farm performance against a number of environmental and social indicators in order to establish their current performance, identifying opportunities for improvements. The farmers were trained in environmental and legal requirements in Ecuador, good aquaculture practices and requirements for ASC certification; and received pre-audits throughout the program to determine the adoption of improvement recommendations.
As part of the Program, Biodiversity and Social Impact Assessments for the twenty two farms were conducted, assessments required to obtain ASC standard.

Supporters of the Scale Up Programme: