Finnforel Oy, a company known for its ecologically friendly and sustainable fish farming that uses recirculating aquaculture systems, has been granted an ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) certificate for responsible aquaculture. ASC is a globally recognised certificate demonstrating that a company’s aquaculture operations adhere to strict environmental and social sustainability criteria. For consumers, buying ASC-certified fish is a convenient way to make sustainable choices.
“We are extremely happy for acquiring the certificate and see it as a recognition of the hard work we’ve done over the past few years to develop responsible and ecologically sustainable aquaculture,” says Finnforel’s CEO Jussi Mekkonen. “Finnforel is a circular-economy-based company that has been successful at combining biological and technological processes. This year, we will produce almost a million kilograms of healthy and delicious fish. We raise rainbow trout using a method based on closed water circulation that minimises environmental impact. Our aquaculture methods reduce production emissions and consumer food waste to a minimum. The water we use is cleaned and recycled. Our production optimises inputs to ensure that nothing is wasted or released into the environment. We also utilise all available fish side streams and fractions either ourselves or through our partners so that nothing goes to waste,” Mekkonen explains.
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is a non-profit organisation founded by the WWF and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH). ASC certification demonstrates responsibility and transparency of aquaculture operations across the entire production chain, including their environmental and social sustainability.