SIXTY SOUTH ACHIEVES ASC STANDARD
Sixty South Achieves ASC Standard – Located on the southernmost tip of Chile in Antarctic waters, salmon producer Sixty South has successfully achieved 100% ASC certification for their farms and can now provide certified responsibly sourced product to customers 52 weeks of the year.
“We are very happy about Sixty South’s decision to commit to the level of transparency and performance metrics required of ASC certification, and we hope many other aquaculture operators follow suit,” said Marcos Moya, ASC Commercial Outreach Manager.
“We are thrilled to have all of our farms certified,” said Nicos Nicolaides, the CEO of the company. “This has been a long cooperation with the stakeholders from all involved parties, and our target is to achieve the same in the coming years. More and more customers are asking for these attributes, and we are pleased to confirm that all fish sold under the Sixty South brand are ASC certified.
Sixty South is one of the most remote ASC certified farms in the world. While farming within the secluded and hyperboreal waters of Antarctica comes with its challenges, remote fish farms, such as Sixty South’s, can also provide important opportunities to the communities in which they operate.
Beyond environmental requirements, ASC’s standards include social requirements such as providing good working conditions and fair pay, being conscientious neighbours, and working with respect for local communities. Sixty South demonstrates the positive social impact that can be achieved through the support of the Porvenir community where their processing plant is located. Not only is Sixty South the largest employer in the region, it also invests in local education and infrastructure programmes.
“One of our most recent initiatives is a cooperation with the local schools in Porvenir, in collaboration with the US Embassy, where English teachers provide education for the young generations in the local community,” explains Nicos Nicolaides.
The ASC programme is so widespread that certified farms can be found on six continents, and is continuing to grow – with over 275 salmon farms around the world producing over 940,000 tonnes, and a further 73 farms in assessment.
The robust nature of ASC’s salmon standard was recently recognised by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), a seafood certification industry benchmark. ASC’s standard has received more components of the benchmark than any other certification scheme.