Following a seven-year assessment period, all Bakkafrost farms in the Faroe Islands are now certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standard for responsible aquaculture.
To achieve the certification, farms must operate at the highest industry standards to ensure the preservation of the natural environment, biodiversity and water resources and provide good working conditions for employees.
Bakkafrost chief executive, Regin Jacobsen, said that the company was delighted to receive the certification. “In 2013, we set ourselves the ambitious goal to become 100% ASC certified in 2020, and since then we have worked very hard to make it happen,” he said.
“This has required huge commitment from our employees, who have worked hard on changing the way we operate and to establish the necessary competences in the company,” he added.
Anna Johansen, group quality manager at Bakkafrost, said that the certification was the result of a huge amount of effort and involvement from every team member. “We have constantly challenged ourselves to improve our operations, minimise the environmental impact as well as focused on fish welfare, to provide a salmon of the highest standards,” she said.
In recent years, the demand for sustainably farmed salmon has increased significantly. ”Consumers demand a product that is sustainably produced. With this achievement, our market reach increases,” concluded sales manager, Símun P. Jacobsen.