ASC certified trout from Danforel’s Christiansminde Freshwater Farm in Denmark will soon be available on the market.
“The certification of the first freshwater trout farm this week brings ASC a step closer to becoming a truly global programme. I am thrilled to get the trout programme off the ground, and I would like to extend my congratulations to Danforel for their tremendous achievement,” said Chris Ninnes, CEO of the ASC.
“Danforel prides itself in only supplying the best quality seafood that has been responsibly farmed to minimise potential environmental and social impacts. ASC certification fits perfectly with our strategy. It allows our farms to demonstrate that they comply with the most rigorous farming standards and shows our customers that we are a responsible organisation,” said Erik D. Hansen, Managing Director Danforel A/S.
Farms certified against the ASC Freshwater Trout Standard must demonstrate that they use farming methods that minimise the environmental impacts. They deliver a cleaner seabed, cleaner water and healthier fish, preserve the diversity of the species and wild population, and follow strict feed requirements and ensuring social responsibility.
A further six trout farms are currently awaiting the outcome of their assessment against the ASC standard.
Other ASC standards species that are due to hit the market this year are bivalves and shrimp. Five scallop farms were audited in Peru in May this year, and, 14 shrimp farms in Vietnam and Ecuador have already entered the ASC certification programme.
ASC certified trout, scallop and shrimp products are expected to enter the market later in 2014.