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Fifax becomes first Finnish RAS farm to achieve ASC certification


(Photo: Fifax, Aquaculture Stewardship Council)

Fifax’s recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) farm in Åland Islands, Finland to be certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).

The Finnish RAS farm produces more than 3,000 tonnes of rainbow trout per year, making it one of the largest operational land-based facilities in Northern Europe. The company, founded in 2012, serves the Finland and Sweden markets.

“We are very conscious of the importance of protecting our environment, and providing customers with responsibly-produced trout all year around. ASC certification gives our customers that assurance, and demonstrates our passion for responsible farming,” said Fifax CEO Samppa Ruohtula.

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“For ASC’s mission to drive up standards in aquaculture we want to appeal to farmers and consumers around the world, so this is an important milestone. Fifax are providing their customers with responsible seafood, and we hope their success will inspire other farmers to follow suit,” Ola Nyrinder, ASC’s Market Development Manager for Northern Europe, said.

The ASC sets strict requirements for responsible farming with the aim of encouraging seafood producers to minimize the environmental and social impacts of aquaculture.

The current 11 ASC standards cover 17 species groups: abalone; bivalves (clams, mussels, oyster, scallop); flatfish, freshwater trout; pangasius; salmon; seabass, seabream, meagre; seriola and cobia; shrimp; tilapia, and tropical marine finfish. There is also a joint ASC-MSC standard for seaweed.