First Ice­landic farmer ASC cer­ti­fied

Fish Farmer - - European News -

ARC­TIC Fish has be­come the first aqua­cul­ture pro­ducer to achieve Aqua­cul­ture Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil (ASC) cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Ice­land.

The Dyrafjor­dur and Önundafjor­dur farms, both part of Arc­tic Fish’s sea farm op­er­a­tions on the West­fjords, a large penin­sula in north western Ice­land, are cer­ti­fied to pro­duce ASC rain­bow trout. The on-site as­sess­ment was con­ducted by SCS Global Ser­vices, an in­de­pen­dent, third-party cer­ti­fi­ca­tion com­pany.

‘Ice­land is still a small player in sea farm­ing on an in­ter­na­tional scale, with only 4,000 tonnes har­vested last year of sal­mon and trout; this is ex­pected to more than dou­ble this year, mainly from the West­fjords,’ said Sig­urður Pé­turs­son, Arc­tic Fish CEO.

‘There is good po­ten­tial for fu­ture growth and a good en­vi­ron­ment in Ice­land for sus­tain­able and eco-friendly farm­ing meth­ods. ASC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion helps our small farm­ing oper­a­tion to get in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion which we ex­pect to as­sist us in the mar­ket­ing of our nice prod­ucts.

‘We are very pleased to have the ASC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and I am proud of my staff for all the prepa­ra­tion and work they have put into the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process.’

Chris Ninnes, CEO of the ASC, said: ‘It is a plea­sure to wel­come Arc­tic Fish to the ASC pro­gramme.

‘The cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the first farm in Ice­land is a great ex­am­ple of how pro­duc­ers are meet­ing the in­creased mar­ket de­mand for ASC cer­ti­fied prod­ucts around the world.

‘Aqua­cul­ture is the fastest grow­ing sec­tor of food pro­duc­tion and is in­te­gral to global food se­cu­rity.

‘As de­mand for farmed fish con­tin­ues to rise, it is in­creas­ingly im­por­tant that pro­duc­ers op­er­ate at a level that min­imises im­pacts to the en­vi­ron­ment, pro­vides fair and proper con­di­tions for those who work on the farms, and that is con­sid­er­ate of the peo­ple in the com­mu­ni­ties where the farms are sit­u­ated.

‘By be­com­ing ASC cer­ti­fied, Arc­tic Fish has com­mit­ted to do­ing just that. This achieve­ment sets them apart as lead­ers in their coun­try and in the larger ef­fort to im­prove the in­dus­try.’

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