Natural seawater has long been used by the trade for keeping live seafood. In order to enhance the quality of fish tank water at source and throughout the whole supply chain, the Food and Health Bureau (FHB) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has initiated a voluntary Quality Seawater Assurance Scheme (QSAS) for seawater suppliers and seafood traders in Hong Kong to encourage self-regulation of the trade. FHB has appointed the Hong Kong Productivity Council as the independent Accrediting Body to develop and implement the scheme.
The objective of the QSAS is to enhance the quality of supplied seawater so as to minimize the risk of contamination of seafood. It also assists seafood traders to have better control of the quality of fish tank water for compliance with the prescribed legal standards.
Through the wide participation of the trade, nearly 300 seafood outlets and seawater suppliers have been accredited under the QSAS since 2005.
After the successful run-in and commencement of the Food Business (Amendment) Regulation 2009 on the control of extraction of seawater for keeping live seafood on 1 August 2010, the QSAS has served its term and has concluded on 31 January 2011.