The Bakkafrost salmon farm in Gøtuvík was the first to receive the ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) certification in the Faroe Islands. Since then several other Bakkafrost farming sites have acquired ASC certification, and the goal is to have all sites certified by 2020.

The ASC standard was developed in cooperation with WWF. The standard is seen as the most stringent in the aquaculture industry and outlines 8 main requirements with 422 individual points with stringent requirements regarding fish welfare, lice, smolt production, feed production and the environment.

Bakkafrost´s Chain of Custody has been ASC certified and the process of certifying more farms is underway.

What is ASC?

Founded in 2010 by WWF and IDH (Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative) the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is an independent not for profit organisation with global influence.

ASC aims to be the world's leading certification and labelling programme for responsibly farmed seafood. The ASC’s primary role is to manage the global standards for responsible aquaculture, which were developed by the WWF Aquaculture Dialogues.

ASC works with aquaculture producers, seafood processors, retail and foodservice companies, scientists, conservation groups and consumers to:

Recognise and reward responsible aquaculture through the ASC aquaculture certification programme and seafood label.
Promote best environmental and social choice when buying seafood.
Contribute to transforming seafood markets towards sustainability.

Transforming global seafood markets
With its partners, the ASC runs an ambitious programme to transform the world's seafood markets and promote the best environmental and social aquaculture performance. This means increasing the availability of certified responsibly produced seafood to buyers and promoting the use of the ASC logo. The logo sends a strong message to consumers about the environmental and social integrity of the product they are purchasing.

Making a real difference
The ASC is much more than a standards-holding body. It is actively transforming the aquaculture industry with its market based approach. This work is underpinned by the organisation’s:

ASC standards are developed according to ISEAL guidelines – multi-stakeholder, transparent, incorporating science-based performance metrics.

By addressing the industry’s key impacts, ASC is minimising the environmental and social footprint of commercial aquaculture.

Added value
The ASC consumer label helps promote responsible practices – it connects the farm to the marketplace.