Bakkafrost has announced that 86% of all salmon harvested in 2019 will be ASC certified. In the company’s second Sustainability Report, the Faroese salmon producer reports accelerated progress to have all farming sites certified as part of its Healthy Living Sustainability Plan, taking the total number of sites certified from four to 7 in 2018 (one more than planned).
The company commits to audit seven further farming sites to ASC standard bringing the total to 14 by the end of 2019, which if certified will make up 86% of the harvest. Two further sites have already been certified since January.
The ASC standard works with aquaculture producers, seafood processors, retail and foodservice companies, scientists, conservation groups and consumers to promote responsibly farmed seafood.
The Bakkafrost 2018 Healthy Living Sustainability Report provides readers with the first update, one year into its sustainability plan. This includes the launch of a DKK 10 million community investment fund, plans to build the Faroe Islands first biogas plant, and continued progress introducing measures to minimise environmental impacts on the fjords.
Since launching the plan, the company has taken a number of steps to embed sustainability across its value chain, signing up to the ten principles of the UN Global Compact, and increasing transparency in the sourcing of its feed ingredients by joining the Ocean Disclosure Project.
CEO Regin Jacobsen said: “We are now one year into our Healthy Living Plan. While we are very pleased with progress against our commitments, we unfortunately had an elevated fish mortality rate in 2018 due to a number of unforeseen circumstances. Addressing this, and accelerating work to minimise our impact on the fjords will be our focus in 2019, but I am confident we will achieve this through increased certification of our operations.”
For more information on Bakkafrost and its approach to sustainability, visit www.bakkafrost.com/sustainability