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Icelandic salmon companies gain ASC certification. Arnarlax and Arctic Sea Farm have received ASC environmental certification for their production.

The globally recognised Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is one of the strictest environmental certification in aquaculture. All salmon produced in the Westfjords in 2019, where Arnarlax and Arctic Sea Farm are located, will be certified.

“We are very pleased to achieve ASC environmental certification. This underlines our goal of sustainably pursuing aquaculture in harmony with nature and society,” says Kristian Matthiasson, Managing Director of Arnarlax.

For certification, companies must minimise environmental impact, work in harmony with society and the environment. ASC certification is equivalent to the MSC standard, which is the best known environmental standard for fishery products.

“The ASC certification is of great importance to us as our customers are looking at environmental impacts and making demands on them. We believe that this focus on environmental issues gives us a long-term competitive advantage, ” says Stein Ove Tveiten, Managing Director of Arctic Sea Farm.

Swiss certification company Bio Inspecta handled the ASC audit of Arnarlax.