The certification of Kingfish Zeeland is a double-first; being not only the first land-based farm in The Netherlands to receive ASC certification, but also the first Pacific Yellowtail farm in the world to join the program. Pacific Yellowtail originates from the Southern Pacific Ocean. It is a sashimi grade fish, often used in sushi, and is highly prized in Japan. Until the advent of high-quality aquaculture facilities, like Kingfish Zeeland, the fish had to be shipped to Europe from Australia and Japan. Kingfish Zeeland uses a Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) that utilizes North Sea water from an estuary in the Oosterschelde nature reserve. The farm uses certified organic feed for its fish, and the farm is 100 percent powered by renewable energy.
Commenting on the certification, Naghmeh Raiyat, SGS Vice President Global Food Audit, Certification & Training Solutions, said: “On behalf of SGS, I would like to congratulate Kingfish Zeeland BV on their achievement in becoming the first facility in the Netherlands to be ASC Certified. The SGS independent assessment confirms that Kingfish Zeeland BV is committed to, and operates with, high environmental and social standards, thereby producing sustainable and responsibly grown Seriola.”
Commenting on the accreditation, Kingfish Zeeland CEO, Ohad Maiman, noted: “At Kingfish Zeeland we place sustainability and best practices as a core value, but we recognize that just saying so is not enough. That is why we value the strict parameters of leading certification organizations such as ASC and are proud to be up to their standard. As the world’s first Yellowtail source certified by ASC we are now able to service some of the world’s most demanding buyers and offer their clientele the peace of mind of knowing our fish was farmed responsibly.”
Esther Luiten, Commercial Director for ASC, welcomed the certification, saying: “The ASC was established in The Netherlands, and there is a great consumer demand for responsibly-sourced seafood here, so we are delighted to see Kingfish achieve certification in this country. Dutch consumers now have the opportunity to enjoy this delicious fish with the knowledge that it has been locally produced to the high environmental and social standards required by the ASC.”
ASC was founded in 2010 by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) to promote best practice relating to the environmental and social impact of aquaculture. It promotes the use of sustainable farming practices whilst increasing production to meet the growing demand for seafood.
SGS operates a worldwide network of offices and auditors in all seafood producing countries and provides independent third-party assessment against ASC standards. Applicants who receive certification can apply to use the ASC logo on marketing material, allowing them to demonstrate their commitment to responsible aquaculture and giving them access to the growing global market for certified seafood.
For more information, please contact:
Cormac O’ Sullivan
Agriculture, Food and Life
Global Seafood Certification Manager
t: +353 87 1169737
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