The first shrimp farm in Africa to receive Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification has been recognised for boosting community development, reforestation and for its sound environmental management, water treatment and waste management in Madagascar. Located in Mahajamba on the northwest coast, Unima, a pioneer in the Malagasy shrimp industry, partnered with WWF in 2007 to implement good environmental and social aquaculture practices. As a result, the company was awarded with the international labelling ASC certification in late 2016. “A first benefit is that ASC-certified farmed shrimp are given better access to international markets,” says Didier Fourgon, former fisheries programme officer at WWF-Madagascar. Employing 4,000 people, Unima is the country’s largest shrimp exporter with an annual yield of 7,500 t.