Bakkafrost joins Ocean Disclosure Project

Bakkafrost facility Bakkafrost has published a seafood sourcing disclosure. Credit: Bakkafrost

Faroese salmon farming company Bakkafrost has become a participant in the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP), Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has confirmed.

Bakkafrost has published a seafood sourcing disclosure to coincide with the publication of its latest Healthy Living Sustainability Report. The disclosure contains a list of the main wild-catch fisheries from which Bakkafrost sources marine ingredients for use in its fish feed, which is produced in-house for its salmon farming operations. The source list is published alongside information on fishery management, catch method, and environmental impact.

“Good access to local marine sources has enabled us to maintain a high nutritional content in our feed. Ensuring these sources are sustainable is a priority for us. We are very pleased to be increasing transparency about our sourcing through the Ocean Disclosure Project,” said Odd Eliasen, managing director of Havsbrún, the Bakkafrost subsidiary that produces the fish feed.

Information resource

SFP started the ODP in 2015 to provide a valuable information resource for responsible investors, seafood consumers, and others interested in sustainable seafood. To date, 18 other companies in North America and Europe have participated.

Other ODP participants include fish feed manufacturers Biomar Norway, Cargill/EWOS, and Skretting Norway.

“We are pleased to welcome Bakkafrost to the Ocean Disclosure Project,” said Tania Woodcock, ODP project manager. “Thanks to its fully vertically integrated value chain, Bakkafrost has full control over production and is able to trace its use of marine ingredients from North Atlantic fisheries to feed to the final salmon product. This enables them to be completely transparent about their sourcing.”

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