Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)
The ASC standard was founded in 2010 by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative. ASC promotes responsibly farmed seafood through its certification and labelling program. Fish farms that meet the ASC´s standards gain the right to sell their products bearing the ASC logo. ASC-certified salmon is a responsible choice, helping the consumer to care for the natural environment and support local communities.
Assessment criteria include:
- Biodiversity: Requirement to minimize impacts on the local ecosystem in a number of ways, such as the development and implementation of an impact assessment to protect birds, marine mammals, and sensitive habitats.
- Pollution: Requirement to measure various water parameters (phosphorus, oxygen levels, etc.) at regular intervals, and remain within set limits. Copper release into the water must be minimized and monitored.
- Diseases: Requirements to minimize disease outbreaks. A Fish Health Management Plan detailing steps for biosecurity management must be implemented at the farm. Survival rates must be high.
- Feed: Requirement to adhere to strict limits to minimize the use of wild fish as a feed ingredient. Grieg Seafood has contributed to the development of the new ASC feed standard.
- Social: Requirements based on the core principles of the International Labor Organization (ILO). Engagement of the local community and stakeholders related to each farm is also a requirement. Community meetings where operations, impacts and improvements are discussed and concerns are addressed is a key component.
ASC certifications in Grieg Seafood
Grieg Seafood is targeting 100 percent ASC certification by 2023. If a farm cannot achieve the certification due to a larger biological challenge in that area, it should be compliant on all other assessment criteria by the same year.
Grieg Seafood Finnmark: 16 of 18 farms are certified. The other farms are in assessment or new sites that will be assessed as soon as the right time of production is reached.
Grieg Seafood Rogaland: 1 farm is certified, and 2 farms are under assessment.
Grieg Seafood British Columbia: 13 of 16 farms are certified. The other farms are under assessment.
Grieg Seafood Newfoundland: 0 farms are certified, as this region is currently under establishment and no sea farms are yet operational.
Grieg Seafood is targeting 100 percent ASC certification by 2023
GLOBALG.A.P Global Good Agricultural Practices is a standard for both agriculture and aquaculture. The standard covers food safety, animal welfare, sustainability, employment, and traceability. GlobalG.A.P is particularly important for customers in Europe.
GLOBALG.A.P certifications in Grieg Seafood
GLOBALG.A.P is mainly used in Europe. Grieg Seafood is 100% GLOBALG.A.P certified in all of our Norwegian regions - Finnmark, and Rogaland.
Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)
BAP is a standard for aquaculture that covers practices in all production stages of fish farming. The standard covers food safety, environmental performance, social welfare and animal health and welfare. BAP is particularly important for customers in the United States.
BAP certifications in Grieg Seafood
BAP is mainly used in North America. Grieg Seafood is 100 percent BAP certified in British Columbia, our North American region currently delivering to the North American market. Our Newfoundland region is under establishment and is not yet delivering to market.