Royal Greenland supports ASC


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 6, 2010

Royal Greenland is expressing its support for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).

The Greenland-based seafood company, one of the world’s largest coldwater shrimp producers, already sells Marine Stewardship Council-certified seafood products and will carry ASC-certified farmed seafood to achieve its objective of providing seafood from environmentally and socially sustainable sources.

“We have the responsibility to supply our customers and our consumers with seafood from sustainable sources. We therefore contribute to the Aquaculture Dialogues’ standard-setting process by reviewing and commenting on the Aquaculture Dialogues’ draft standards for shrimp, salmon and freshwater trout,” said Bruno Olesen, Royal Greenland’s sales and marketing director.

“The standard-setting process in the Aquaculture Dialogues is probably the most robust, transparent and universal approach involving a large and diverse group of stakeholders,” he added.

ASC was founded in 2009 by the World Wildlife Foundation and the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative. It is currently in the business development phase and is expected to be in full operation by mid-2011.

At the European Seafood Exposition in April, ASC CEO Philip Smith talked to SeafoodSource on camera about the council’s new identity and logo and the importance of farmed seafood certification.

Last week, the Aquaculture Dialogues announced that the draft abalone standards are one step closer to finalization. In addition to abalone, dialogues for mollusks, tilapia, kampachi, cobia, pangasius, salmon and shrimp are also under way or have already been finalized.

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