July 21, 2022 By RAStech staff
Riverence Holdings LLC is the first aquaculture producer to be FishCARE Certified.
Where Food Comes From Inc. has certified that the RAS trout producer in Washington State is “using best practices in caring for animals, the environment, and the people and communities who support them, while paving the way for producers to credibly demonstrate their sustainability commitments.” Where Food Comes From Inc. is an independent, third-party verification for food production practices in North America.
“We are thrilled to become the first FishCARE approved producer as animal welfare has been a priority for us at Riverence for quite some time. We are pleased we can now communicate that to the market along with our commitments to environmental and social sustainability,” said Jesse Trushenski, Chief Science Officer and VP of Animal Welfare for the Riverence Group.
The development of FishCARE was based on the support of a diverse scientific advisory committee with expertise including social and environmental sustainability, climate concerns, responsible supply chains, as well as the perspectives from the culinary community. Producers certified to the FishCARE standard are required to follow practices that minimize farm impact on the surrounding ecosystem through wastewater use, habitat considerations, responsible and reduced wild fish use, escape management and disease prevention. They also provide a safe and supportive environment to their workers through a focus on training, worker health and safety considerations, emergency preparedness and fair compensation in addition to engaging with their local communities to thoughtfully plan for the future of their workers and the business.
“Having Riverence Provisions as the first certified producer in our new aquaculture FishCARE standard is a significant step for Postelsia and Where Food Comes From,” said John Saunders, Chairman and CEO of WFCF. “The commitment of the experienced Riverence Provisions team to our FishCARE standard was an important validation of the work we are doing in seafood and aquaculture, and we look forward to working closely with them on this program.”
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