Two Icelandic salmon farmers are now ASC certified

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Arnarlax and Arctic Sea Farm have both received the certification.

Icelandic salmon farmers Arnarlax and Arctic Sea Farm have achieved the Aquaculture Stewardship Certification (ASC), one of the most stringent environmental certifications in world aquaculture. This means that all salmon harvested from the Icelandic Westfjords in 2019 will be ASC certified (both companies operate at locations in fjords on the Westfjord‘s peninsula of Iceland).

“We are very pleased to receive ASC certification. This underlines our commitment to raise our salmon and run our business in a sustainable and responsible way,” said CEO of Arnarlax, Kristian Matthiasson.

Arnarlax’s farms were been carried about by certification firm bio.inspecta Switzerland.

While Arnarlax was notified of its first ASC certification before Christmas, neighbouring operator Arctic Sea Farm recently received re-certification which they have held for the last three years. Between them, the two companies harvested 6,670 tonnes of salmon in 2018.

“Achieving ASC status has value for us both because we have environmentally focused customers, but also because the certification process stretches us to stay ahead of the game in terms of sustainability,” commented Stein Ove Tveiten, CEO of Arctic Sea Farm.