Salmon produced in Skjerstadfjorden is one of the most sustainable seafood choices you can make. This is according to an international consumer recommendation published last Monday (February 5, 2018).
Text, Lars Antonsen – photo and video, Baard Selfors
The production at Edelfarm AS, Wenberg Fiskeoppdrett AS and Salten Stamfisk (the Salten Aqua group) was evaluated by the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch®. The recommendation was made based on an assessment of stringent scientific criteria concerning the environmental condition of the fjord, and the extent to which operations safeguard environmental sustainability was critical to the outcome.
First in the world
According to Ryan Bigelow of Seafood Watch, this is the first sea-based production of Atlantic salmon in the world to get the top recommendation. In addition, the companies in Skjerstadfjorden score really well due to the existence of several years of good environmental data and research, and according to the Seafood Watch standard the overall environmental impact is low. From 10 main criteria, nine are rated in the best category. The final recommendation for salmon from Skjerstadfjorden was therefore also green and best choice.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch is an independent environmental organisation working to safeguard the world’s oceans. Through consumer recommendations and seafood guides for a wide variety of species, they promote sustainable fisheries and aquaculture production.
“This means a lot to us”, says Geir Wenberg of Salten Aqua. “The news that the recommendation was green and therefore ‘best choice’ makes us confident that the companies in the group are working as they should and well. We also have natural qualities in Skjerstadfjorden that are favourable for fish farming. Salmon production in Skjerstadfjorden will never be big in volume by either national or international standards. This makes it extra special that a consumer recommendation list like Seafood Watch recommends salmon from here as one of the top choices for sustainable seafood. It is important for us locally and for the export of the salmon to the international market”.
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