Antartic salmon farmers get ASC certification

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Chile’s Sixty South – who farm in Tierra del Fuego’s cool waters – received the certification for 100% of its sites.

Despite only existing for under a year (it was unveiled in March 2017 at the Boston Seafood Show) Sixty South have achieved the Aquaculture Stewardship Certification (ASC), one of the most stringent environmental certifications in aquaculture, according to a press release.

Sixty South’s salmon is grown in the pure, untouched, icy cold waters of the Chile’s Region XII, in the Magellan and Antarctic Region, antibiotic-free. The nearest salmon farms are at closest 300 km away. This certification will enable the company to supply 52 weeks of ASC certified fish, “the only salmon company in the global industry with 100% of the sites certified,” the company said.

ASC CEO, Chris Nines, said in November: “These are defined to allow only the best-performing salmon farms in a given region to enter the ASC certification process, and ensure that improvements in performance are driven universally.”

The company also said that the development of a new hatchery and smolt plant is helping it to be become completely integrated.

“We are proud of this development that will enable us to deliver ASC certified volumes to our customers 52 weeks a year. Our good environmental conditions, in the Magallanes region has helped us to achieve this important milestone. We are continuing our efforts to deliver the Sixty South products to our key customers all over the world in 2019” said Nicos Nicolaides, CEO, Sixty South.