First Icelandic producer becomes ASC certified
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 are now certified to produce ASC rainbow trout.
“Iceland is still a small player in the sea farming on international scale with only 4,000 tonnes harvested last year of salmon and trout and expected to more than double this year mainly from the Westfjords,” said Sigurður Pétursson CEO of Arctic Fish.
“There is good potential for future growth and the good environment in Iceland for sustainable and eco-friendly farming methods. ASC certification of our farming operations 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.”
Arctic Fish was established in 2011 and initially started with a single sea site for trout. Over time, it has grown into an operation covering every aspect of fish farming. In addition to increasing sea farming operations under its subsidiary Arctic Sea Farm, the company operates Arctic Smolt, a recirculation hatchery, and Arctic Oddi, a processing facility for the fish nurtured in the Westfjords of Iceland.
Situated in the crystal clear waters off of the Icelandic shoreline, Arctic Fish uses naturally occurring warm springs in its hatchery and green electrical energy. Iceland’s ecosystem confers a great number of advantages at the farm site, including a natural inhibition of viral diseases and most pests, and Arctic Fish does not use any antibiotics during its production.
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