Nova Austral’s Sixty South farmed Atlantic salmon, raised in southern Chile, has been recognized as a “Good Alternative” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.
Fresh and frozen salmon from Sixty South was first introduced in the U.S. market in early 2017. Since then, it has gained distribution with specialty seafood purveyors on the east and west coasts, large independent broadline distributors, and two national retail chains. The company’s operations, which include a 40,000-ton capacity processing plant, are located in the Magellan Region XII in Tierra del Fuego in Southern Chile. Sixth South owned by Nova Austral, which in turn is owned by the equity funds Altor and Bain Capital.
“We are proud to see our efforts validated by such an important organization, and the honor reinforces our commitment to raising salmon to the highest sustainability standards while protecting the places where we live and work,” Sixty South CEO Nicos Nicolaides said.
Sixty South promotes its salmon as antibiotic-free, and raised in cold waters that allow it to avoid the use of pesticides and antifouling chemicals. The company points to its processes as a main reason for its new “Good Alternative” rating.
Seafood Watch Program Engagement Manager Ryan Bigelow noted that Sixty South is among a growing cadre of salmon farming operations that have recently received a “Good Alternative” rating.
“Seafood Watch, our partners, the public, and other sustainability organizations that rely on our recommendations are pleased to see the growing trend of farmed salmon receiving our Good Alternative rating,” Bigelow said. “We hope that the Sixty South will build upon its success and continue towards sustainability and a green Best Choice recommendation.”